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Riders along the Mississippi River Corridor

If all goes well, new rules governing riverfront development and protections in the Mississippi River corridor, our local national park, could be in place by the end of 2016. Photo by Tom Reiter

The Twin Cities is fortunate to have the Mississippi River’s only national park flowing through the heart of our community. To protect it for future generations, FMR led the charge to revamp land-use and redevelopment rules several years ago and has maintained a strong voice for river protection throughout the resulting rulemaking process. At long last, a draft of the new riverfront rules has been completed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and is being reviewed by an administrative law judge. If all goes well, new rules could be in place by the end of 2016. If you'd like to help make sure that strong rules are adopted, read on and sign up to be a River Protector! 

May 2016

Produced for FMR by award-winning local filmmakers John Kaul and Tom Reiter, and narrated by Minnesota Public Radio's Steve Seel, this 30-minute documentary tells the story of how one man’s vision — combined with smart citizen advocacy and effective political leadership — created the Mississippi River's first and only national park right here in the Twin Cities. Enjoy the film online, request a copy for your local library, school or organization. 

May 2016

This month's view is taken from one of the most heavily visited regional parks in the metro area - do you recognize it?

May 2016

As the clock ticks toward adjournment Monday, May 23, the fate of FMR's top legislative priorities will be decided by a bipartisan conference committee of state senators and representatives. In the next few days, FMR will likely be asking all River Protectors and friends of the river to contact their legislators to support FMR's top priorities this session. 

May 2016
Swing Bridge Park entrance

This unique location blends historic renovation with ecological restoration along today's working river. Learn more about its history, ecology and our first public volunteer event at this riverfront site, Saturday, June 4.

May 2016
Common nighthawk

The common nighthawk is known for its distinctive "peent" and graceful swoops and dives at dusk. Photo courtesy of Kim Taylor.

When you hear the distinctive call of these late Mississippi River flyway migrants, look to the early evening skies to enjoy their graceful dusk-hour dives.  

May 2016

Spring fever has struck again. We're ready to get outside and help the river we love. Whether you want to help restore local natural areas or your own backyard, organize your own outing or keep things simple and join an existing event, FMR's got you covered.

April 2016

Crews work to carefully manage a burn at the Sand Coulee Scientific & Natural Area. Fire helps reduce invasive species while benefiting fire-adapted native prairie plants. Photo by Karen Schik

Fire was once commonplace on the American landscape. After nearly a century of suppression, it’s making a comeback. Find out why fires are on the rise, and how FMR uses fire as a tool to restore habitat on many of our restoration sites.

April 2016
American woodcock

Nothing says spring like the fabulous courtship display of this odd "shorebird"!

April 2016
Water is likely to be a hot topic at the Minnesota state Capitol this year.

Water is likely to be a hot topic during Minnesota's 2016 legislative session, which began Tuesday, March 8. Here are some of FMR's top legislative priorities.

March 2016