Native Prairie Planting [FULL]

Submitted by srich on Wed, Aug 7 - 10:41 AM

Native plantings provide wildlife habitat and, with their deeper root systems, prevent erosion and reduce the amount of stormwater runoff pollution going into the Mississippi River.

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Join other River Gorge Stewards volunteers and staff from FMR and Saint Paul Parks & Recreation as we expand the native prairie restoration area at this naturally and culturally significant riverfront park! Volunteers will help plant native prairie plants on a large-scale berm near the parking lot. This will help prevent erosion, build better soils and filter stormwater runoff pollution from the river, and improve much needed urban wildlife habitat.

The 3-acre prairie includes a more formal garden with 1,000 native prairie plants and species markers to educate and inform visitors, as well as a more naturalized area. 

As always, staff will provide all guidance, tools, and gloves needed for a productive and fun event. Children accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome.

Photos from a previous demonstration prairie tending are available on FMR's Flickr page.

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