Haul buckthorn at the Vermillion Aquatic Management Area [FULL]

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 9:00am to Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 10:45am
Vermillion Aquatic Management Area, along the Vermillion trout stream near Farmington (Registrants will receive detailed directions.)
Volunteers help restore the shoreline of a trout nursery by removing precut invasive buckthornuckthorn

Thank you for your interest in this event, however it has reached capacity and registrations are no longer being accepted. Please consider another event scheduled on the FMR calendar

Join us in the oak woodlands bordering the Vermillion River, a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi River.

After a 15-minute hike, volunteers will haul out pre-cut buckthorn, a woody invasive chopped and lopped a few days before by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Civilian Conservation Corps crews. 

Volunteers will be working in an Aquatic Management Area. AMAs are a special form of land protection meant to preserve shoreline property. With creek, lake and river shores being developed throughout the state, the AMA program helps Minnesota preserve public access as well as critical fish and wildlife habitat. The Vermillion River and this AMA is prized for its trophy brown trout —something unimaginable in 1960, when the water quality was so poor the stream was considered unfit for any game fish.

All supplies and training will be provided and volunteers will work closely with FMR Ecologist Alex Roth. This event is part of the Vermillion Stewards program, helping residents learn about the watershed while working to protect and enhance its unique natural resources. All participants will be invited to the  Vermillion River Trout Survey later in the season, where they can help survey the wildlife and wade into the river they're helping to protect. 


More information

If you are under 18 and planning to attend with out your parent or gaurdian, please take a moment to have them complete this minor permission form.

Please note: Any addresses or park maps provided via the links below are for general use only. Event registrants will be emailed a map to the correct event meeting spot.

Thank you to our partners and funders: 

The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization, The Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Winter Wheat, Pentair, United Way of Hastings

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Sunday, September 17 OR October 8, 2023 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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Saturday, October 14, 2023 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
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Saturday, October 28, 2023 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
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