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Join our biggest restoration project yet!

Join Friends of the Mississippi River staff and volunteers for a lovely spring evening furthering restoration work at the recently protected William H. Houlton Conservation Area (a.k.a. Houlton Farm). The William H. Houlton Conservation Area is a 335-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 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.

Cut and haul nuisance brush at Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

Grey Cloud Dunes SNA is one of those places you can hardly believe is in a metro area. 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.

H2O + Hops: The health of the Vermillion

Local experts from the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization will spend the first portion of the evening highlighting the most important trends and emerging issues facing the nearby subwatershed, as well as potential solutions. The presentation will primarily focus in on two main concerns, water volume and sediment issues in the Vermillion.

Next, hear from FMR's Stewardship Program Manager Adam Flett on actions you can take to make your home, lawn and community more water friendly.