Seeding + invasive removal at the Vermillion AMA [CANCELED]
Volunteers carry out bags of invasive plants at the scenic Vermillion AMA
--This event has been canceled, as we stand in solidarity with communities demanding justice for George Floyd. Read our full statement here--
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.
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