Join our biggest restoration project yet!

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
William H. Houlton Conservation Area, Elk River
SuperVolunteer Michele working near the river at WHHCA (Houlton Farm)

Join Friends of the Mississippi River staff and volunteers for a lovely spring evening furthering restoration work at the recently protected William H. Houlton Conservation Area (a.k.a. Houlton Farm). The William H. Houlton Conservation Area is a 335-acre property located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Elk rivers and is one of the largest undeveloped riverfront properties between the cities of Elk River and Hastings.

FMR staff and ecologists will provide a brief introduction to the site and an overview of how to identify and pull the weedy invasive plants we'll be targeting. By removing these species we will be making way for important native plants that have been crowded out by these aggressive invaders. Depending on the spring weather, some fence removal, trash clean-up, and other restoration tasks may be needed as well.

All are welcome, and as always, all training, gloves, and necessary tools will be provided. However, registration is required and capacity is limited.

More about this site

FMR has been working with the City of Elk River and other partners to help protect and restore the property. In 2014, FMR assisted in the site's protection, with the Trust for Public Land ultimately purchasing the land and transferring ownership to the city (thanks to funding from the Outdoor Heritage Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).

Since then, FMR has been working with the city to restore this property to high-quality wildlife habitat. Progress to date includes the completion of a natural resources management plant for the site, removal of invasive shrubs from over 90 acres of forest, and the fall 2017 seeding of prairie and savanna on 180 acres of farm fields and degraded grasslands. This work not only restores and enhances important habitats but replaces a monoculture system (primarily soybeans) with a high-diversity mixture that will benefit wildlife from the ground up.

Ready to register?

To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore at, 651-222-2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address, phone number and the number in your party.

You will receive a confirmation email from within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM or Promotions folder.) 

If you're under 18 and interested in volunteering without the company of your parent or guardian, please take a moment and have them fill out this brief minor permission form.

Can't make it?

To receive notices of future volunteer events, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore at Or, visit our events calendar for our most up-to-date listing of upcoming events. To receive a twice-a-month e-newsletter including all FMR activities and news, sign up for Mississippi Messages.

The City of Elk River, The Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Connexus Energy and the Friends of WHHCA.