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Take part in the first invasive species removal at Hampton Woods

Hampton Woods is the largest contiguous oak forest in Dakota County, providing critical habitat for forest-dwelling animals, especially birds. This site is especially important since much of the surrounding area is farmland.

Thanks to an FMR partnership with Dakota County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and local landowners, 191 acres of Hampton Woods is permanently protected as a Wildlife Management Area. Come be part of the first volunteer event at this impressive site.

Earth Day and beyond: Get outside with FMR!

Two Super Volunteers

Super Volunteers Stacy and Allan. Photo by Anna Botz for FMR.

Believe it or not, March 20th marks the first day of spring! That means we're ramping up for event season and we've got plenty of opportunities for you to get your hands dirty with FMR. Join us to protect and restore local natural areas, for Earth Day — and beyond!

March 6

Help remove invasive species at the recently protected Houlton Farm

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.

Super Volunteer

If you've attended a FMR event, chances are you've worked alongside a Super Volunteer! Super Volunteers can be easily identified by the crest upon their shirt (see photo, above). 

What does a Super Volunteer do?

A Super Volunteer attends four (or more) volunteer events over the course of a year – or completes their pledge to pull garlic mustard, or volunteers for 20 or more hours in other ways.

A shocking, long-awaited outing — The 2017 volunteer trout survey

“It’s been three years of cancellations with high water in the river and getting rained out," said volunteer Tom Ziegler with a smile. "They [FMR] dangle this carrot when we do the buckthorn removal across the road, that if we did that job, we would get to do this event.”

Well, 2017 was finally the year. >>

November 14

Dogwood planting near the banks of Middle Creek

Enjoy a crisp fall morning on Middle Creek, a tributary of the Vermillion River in Farmington, assisting FMR and the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization with a unique planting project: live-staking. We'll cut stems from dormant native trees and insert them into the stream bank. The cuttings will grow into new trees, helping to reduce erosion while creating new areas of habitat.