Pledge to pull garlic mustard at Pine Bend Bluffs SNA

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Pine Bend Bluffs SNA, Inver Grove Heights
A volunteer pulls small garlic mustard plants

Located just 20 minutes south of St. Paul, Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) is home to some of the best views of the Upper Mississippi River and is a welcome respite from the bustle of the cities.

After a steep hike, volunteers will work closely with FMR staff to remove invasive plant species. We'll be focusing our efforts on hand-pulling garlic mustard in this award-winning restoration area, which is owned by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and is also part of our local National Park (the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area unit of the National Park Service).

We'll provide the tools and training. All are welcome however, capacity is limited and registration is required.

About the Pledge

Please note that we encourage all registrants at this particular event to sign a Pledge to Pull, promising to remove garlic mustard and spotted knapweed in the designated area at Pine Bend Bluffs SNA in the weeks following this training and evening pull.

All volunteers will receive a signed card certifying their participation in the training and granting permission to independently return and perform this volunteer service.

Volunteers pledge to a total of 8 hours of invasive plant removal – 2 hours will be completed at the training plus an additional 6 hours coordinated on your own. If you bring someone with you, their hours count towards your pledged time. For example, if you participate in the 2-hour training and removal session, then bring 2 friends, classmates or family members to the site for a 2-hour session, that totals 8 hours of volunteer time and the completion of your pledge!

Pulling technique, where to pull and additional details will be covered during the training event.

Before you register

A long hike up a very steep hill is required to get to the worksite. Volunteers will then work on a steep slope with uneven terrain.

Ready to register?

To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at sdowney@fmr.org, 651-222-2193 x27. Please include the name of the event, your name, address, phone number and the number in your party. Due to our smaller event sizes, we ask that you limit groups to 4 or less.

You will receive a confirmation email from sdowney@fmr.org 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 & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at sdowney@fmr.org. 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.

What about COVID-19?

We've modified our events during the pandemic to be smaller, and allow for individuals to work while safely six feet apart. All tools will be sanitized between events, and all gloves provided are unused in 2020 or 2021. Once registered, volunteers will receive a full list of safety precautions and guidelines. You can read more about our policies here.

We're watching the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines closely. If plans change based on their recommendations, FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey will email registrants with event updates. (Be sure to add sdowney@fmr.org to your contacts so updates don't land in spam.) And we'll update this page if anything changes.

We will offer gloves and hand sanitizer at the event. Volunteers are required to bring and wear their own masks.

Partners: 
Thanks to our partners and funders: BNSF Foundation, the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Outdoor Heritage Fund, the Malcolm family, RBC Wealth Management, Union Pacific and Xcel Energy.