Remove sumac at River Oaks Park [FULL]

Event Date: 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mississippi River view from River Oaks Park

Thank you for your interest in helping restore River Oaks Park. This event has reached capacity and registration is no longer being accepted. To receive notices of future Cottage Grove area volunteer events, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore, akilgore@fmr.org. Or, to receive a twice-a-month e-newsletter including all FMR activities and news, sign up for Mississippi Messages.

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Just southeast of River Oaks Golf Course lies a riverfront bluff with stunning views of the Mississippi River and a special remnant bedrock bluff prairie. Unfortunately, this city park, River Oaks, is also home to a good deal of sumac, buckthorn and other invasive species. Thanks to FMR-led restoration efforts this site has been significantly improving over the past few years but there is more work to be done at this site.

Volunteers are needed to work alongside FMR Ecologist Alex Roth and Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore to remove sumac, a shrubby tree that would otherwise overtake this vital habitat making room for the native prairie plants to thrive. Other tending or restoration tasks may also be needed. Please note, much of the work will take place on a slope near a steep drop-off. Everyone will be encouraged to work at their own pace and comfort level. However, due to the nature of this site and tools used we don't recommend children attending.

Can't make it?

To receive notices of future volunteer events, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore, akilgore@fmr.org. Or, to receive a twice-a-month e-newsletter including all FMR activities and news, sign up for Mississippi Messages. Please consider joining us at another volunteer event.

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Restoration of Cottage Grove's River Oaks Park is underway

Partners: 
Thank you partners and sponsors: City of Cottage Grove, the 3M Foundation and Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund!