Lop and remove sumac at Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 7:45pm
Grey Cloud Dunes SNA, just south of Cottage Grove (participants will receive detailed directions upon registration)
Volunteer working at Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

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, 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.

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.

Ready to register?

To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via the contact form (please select Amy by name from the staff list under "Category") or akilgore@fmr.org, 651-222-2193 x31. Please include: the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party.

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.

Thank you to our partners and funders: 

Thank you event partners MN Department of Natural Resources. Program support provided by the 3M Foundation and the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

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