Lop sumac at Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

Event Date: 
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Grey Cloud Dunes SNA
Grey Cloud Dunes SNA sumac lopping volunteer

Located in Cottage Grove, this highly protected Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) features two sandy terraces along the river. The first rises 40 to 60 feet above river-level with remarkable crescents and blowouts sculpted by southwesterly winds. The second, 110 feet above the Mississippi, has a dramatic cut-face. Dunes on both terraces rise in waves, cresting 10 to 20 feet above the swales. Grey Cloud Dunes SNA is a sight to see. Help us further our restoration efforts at this special site!

Home to a rare dry prairie, this area provides essential native bee, butterfly and wildlife habitat. After a brief orientation and a short hike, volunteers will work with FMR ecologists to help remove sumac, a shrubby tree that would otherwise overtake this vital habitat. Other tending or restoration tasks may also be needed at this very important site.

Due to tool usage, including loppers and saws, this event is not suitable for youth. The designation of this type of park is meant to protect rare, fragile plant and animal habitat, please note Grey Cloud SNA does not feature amenities – trails or restrooms.

Capacity is limited, in part to tread lightly on this special place but also to make sure everyone has a chance to ask questions about the site's ecology and the many native plants and flowers sure to be in bloom on this summer evening.

New this year at our volunteer events: invasive and nuiscance species collector's cards! Each card features all the specifics you need to ID a plant in the field plus tips on how to stop invasion. Fits in your pocket. Use it at events or in your own yard (or show it off at parties). Collect all four by signing up for events featuring each invasive. (Bonus: You'll also gain SuperVolunteer status.) Collect the third of the series, sumac, at this event.

Ready to register?

To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Program Assistant Sophie Downey at sdowney@fmr.org, 651-222-2193 x27. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party.

You will receive a confirmation email from sdowney@fmr.org within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM and 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.

FYI, you will not only be volunteering for FMR but for event partner the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. For more information see the DNR's Grey Cloud SNA visitor guide.

Can't make it?

  • To receive notices of all FMR events, sign up for our twice-a-month e-newsletter, Mississippi Messages 
  • To be notified of future events at this particular location, contact FMR Program Assistant Sophie Downey at sdowney@fmr.org
  • Check out additional volunteer opportunities on the FMR calendar.
Thank you event partners MN Department of Natural Resources. Program support provided by the 3M Foundation, the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and generous donors like you!