Seeding + invasive removal at the Vermillion AMA

Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Vermillion Aquatic Management Area, Farmington - Registrants will receive detailed directions to the meeting spot
Volunteers at the scenic Vermillion AMA

Volunteers carry out bags of invasive plants at the scenic Vermillion AMA

Join us for an evening of distributing native savanna seed and removing invasive plants 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.

Volunteers will be working in a DNR Aquatic Management Area (AMA). AMAs are a special form of land protection meant to preserve shoreline property and in-stream habitat. 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 are recognized for trophy brown trout, something unimaginable in the 1960's when water quality here was so poor the stream was considered unfit for any game fish. 

After a brief introduction and training, volunteers will help distribute 80 pounds of native grass and wildflower seed in recently cleared areas. Over the years, removing invasive plants like buckthorn and garlic mustard has cleared the way for native plant communities to return and thrive. Volunteers will help in this effort by continuing to remove garlic mustard while seeding the already cleared areas. Volunteers may also be asked to assist with other restoration tasks as needed.

All are welcome, however, capacity is limited and registration required. 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 Vermillion River Watershed residents learn about the local 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 & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at sdowney@fmr.org, 651.222.2193 x27, or by selecting Sophie by name under "Category" via the FMR contact form. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party.

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

If you're under 18 and interested in volunteering without the company of your parent or guardian, please take a moment and have them fill out this brief minor permission form.

Can't make it?

To receive notices of future Vermillion Stewards events, contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at sdowney@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.

What about coronavirus?

We're watching the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines closely. If plans change based on their recommendations, FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey will email registrants with event updates. (Be sure to add sdowney@fmr.org to your contacts so updates don't land in spam.) And we'll update this page if anything changes.

We will not offer masks as these increase the risk of infection, but will continue to offer gloves and hand sanitizer.

Partners: 
Thank you to our partners and funders: Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization as a part of the Vermillion River Stewards Outreach Program, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.