Help remove invasive species at the recently protected Houlton Farm

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
William H. Houlton Conservation Area
The Mississippi River flows through the WHHCA.

The Mississippi River flows through the WHHCA.

Join Friends of the Mississippi River staff and volunteers for a lovely spring morning removing garlic mustard from the recently protected William H. Houlton Conservation Area (a.k.a. Houlton Farm). The William H. Houlton Conservation Area is a 347-acre property located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Elk rivers and is one of the largest undeveloped riverfront properties between the cities of Elk River and Hastings.

FMR staff and ecologists will provide a brief introduction to the site and an overview on how to identify and pull the invasive plants we'll be targeting. By removing these species we will be making way for important native plants that have been crowded out by these aggressive invaders.

All are welcome, and as always, all training, gloves, and necessary tools will be provided. However, registration is required and capacity is limited.

More about this site

FMR has been working with the city and other partners to help protect and restore the property. In 2014, FMR assisted in the site's protection, with the Trust for Public Land ultimately purchasing the land and transferring ownership to the city (thanks to funding from the Outdoor Heritage Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). Since then, FMR has been working with the city to restore this property into high-quality wildlife habitat. Progress to date includes the completion of a natural resources management plant for the site, removal of invasive shrubs from over 90 aces of forest, and the fall 2017 seeding of prairie and savanna on 180 acres of farmfields and degraded grasslands. This not only restores important habitat types but replaces a monoculture system (primarily soybeans) with a high-diversity mixture that will benefit wildlife from the ground up.

Ready to register?

To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via the contact form (please select Amy by name from the staff list under "Category") or at, 651-222-2193 x31. 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 within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM folder.)

Can't make it?

To receive notices of future volunteer events, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore at 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.

Minnesota Natural Resources and Environmental Trust Fund, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the Friends of WHHCA.