Land Conservation

Land Conservation
Spring intern creates strategic land protection database
Our land conservation spring intern Sam Vanspriell spent four months conducting complex analysis to help us identify land near the river that, if protected, could be key for habitat and water quality. Read more
Sam and Alex at poster session
Spring ephemerals: 9 Minnesota wildflowers you can find between snow-melt and leaf-out
A whole guild of native woodland plants bloom and fruit before trees turn green and fully shade the ground. Read more
Closed bloodroot flowers in brown woods
How our ecologists piece together a site’s past and plan for its future
What can the outstretched limbs of a bur oak reveal about the land? Here's how our ecologists find signs underfoot and overhead to understand a place before beginning to restore its habitat. Read more
Bur oak in savanna
Where we work: Sheridan Memorial Park
Located along the east bank of the Mississippi River just north of the Broadway Avenue bridge, this site is home to a veterans memorial, an FMR-installed raingarden, and a multi-year community partnership with the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization. Read more
Sheridan Memorial raingarden with Veterans memorial in background
Supporting Minnesota's public lands
FMR recently signed on to a letter to legislators urging investment in Minnesota's public lands. Many of the special places our ecologists and volunteers work in depend on state support. Read more
Davis Farm Park
Located along the Mississippi River in Otsego, this 17-acre park is small but mighty and boasts six different habitat types that we'll begin restoring in 2024. Read more
Backchannel of the river surrounded by green forest
How our warm winter affected habitat restoration progress
What will the warmest winter on record mean for wildlife? We won't know for awhile. We do know that it got in the way of our usual winter tasks for wildlife habitat restoration. Luckily, our ecologists like challenges. Read more
Open river with snow along the banks


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Vermillion River Linear Park, Hastings
Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Riverside Park, St. Paul Park
Saturday, May 25, 2024 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Mississippi River Gorge Sand Flats, Minneapolis