Pledge to pull garlic mustard at Pine Bend Bluffs SNA [FULL]

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Pine Bend Bluffs SNA, Inver Grove Heights
Two volunteers removing invasive species, bag in hand.

Thank you for your interest in this event, we've reached capacity and registrations are no longer being accepted. Please consider joining us at the Vermillion AMA for our last scheduled garlic mustard pull of the season or another upcoming restoration event.

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Located just 20 minutes south of St. Paul, Pine Bend Scientific and Natural Area is home to some of the best views of the Upper Mississippi River and is a welcome respite from the bustle of the cities.

After a steep hike volunteers will work closely with FMR staff to remove invasive species. We'll be focusing our efforts handpulling garlic mustard in this award-winning restoration area, which is owned by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and is also part of our local National Park (the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area unit of the National Park Service).

We'll provide the tools and training. All are welcome however, capacity is limited and registration is required. Please note, the Pine Bend Bluffs SNA site contains steep and sometimes difficult to navigate terraine.

Event participants will be offered the opportunity to sign up to make their Pledge to Pull.

New this year at our volunteer events: invasive species collector's cards! Each card features all the specifics you need to ID a plant in the field plus tips on how to stop invasion. Fits in your pocket. Use it at events or in your own yard (or show it off at parties). Collect all four by signing up for events featuring each invasive. (Bonus: You'll also gain SuperVolunteer status.) Collect the first of the series, garlic mustard, at this event.

About the Pledge

Please note that we encourage all registrants at this particular event to sign a Pledge to Pull, promising to remove garlic mustard and spotted knapweed in the designated area at Pine Bend Bluffs SNA in the weeks following this training and evening pull.

•All volunteers will receive a signed card certifying their participation in the training and granting permission to independently return and perform this volunteer service.

•Volunteers pledge to a total of 8 hours of invasive plant removal – 2 hours will be completed at the training plus an additional 6 hours coordinated on your own. If you bring someone with you, their hours count towards your pledged time. For example, if you participate in the 2-hour training and removal session, then bring 2 friends, classmates or family members to the site for a 2-hour session, that totals 8 hours of volunteer time and the completion of your pledge!

Pulling technique, where to pull and additional details will be covered during the training event.

Can't make it?

Partners: 
Thanks to our partners and funders: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Union Pacific Foundation, the Laura Jane Musser Fund, the Natural Resources and Environmental Trust Fund, and RBC Wealth Management.