Haul buckthorn at the Vermillion Aquatic Managment Area

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 15, 2017 -
9:30am to 11:30am
Vermillion Aquatic Management Area, along the Vermillion trout stream near Farmington (Registrants will receive detailed directions.)
SuperVolunteer Mary hauling buckthorn at last year's event

Join us in the oak woodlands bordering the Vermillion River, a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi River.

After a short hike, volunteers will haul out pre-cut buckthorn, a woody invasive lopped a few days before by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Civilian Conservation Corps crews. 

Volunteers will be working in an Aquatic Management Area (AMA). AMAs are a special form of land protection meant to preserve shoreline property. With creek, lake and river shores being developed throughout the state, the AMA program helps Minnesota preserve public access as well as critical fish and wildlife habitat. The Vermillion River and this AMA is prized for its trophy brown trout —something unimaginable in 1960, when the water quality was so poor the stream was considered unfit for any game fish.

All supplies and training will be provided and volunteers will work closely with FMR staff. This event is part of the Vermillion Stewards program, helping residents learn about the watershed while working to protect and enhance its unique natural resources.

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 akilgore@fmr.org, 651-222-2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party. Amy is typically in the office M-Th each week.

You will receive a confirmation email from akilgore@fmr.org within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM folder.)

If you are under 18 and planning to attend without your parent or guardian, please take a moment to have them complete this minor permission form.

Can't make it?

To receive notices of future Vermillion Stewards volunteer events, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore at akilgore@fmr.org. 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.

More information


The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization, The Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Pentair, United Way of Hastings