Oak woodland brush haul + lunch!

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 9, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
3M's oak woodlands, Cottage Grove - exact directions will be provided to registered volunteers
Volunteer Akia Vang poses while hauling brush

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Thanks to the support of local volunteers and a long-term partnership with 3M, FMR has had the privilege of helping to preserve and restore the oak woodlands at 3M's Cottage Grove facility near the Mississippi River. Former buckthorn thickets are now home to wildflowers and wildlife, helping to connect adjacent natural areas and form part of a green corridor in southern Washington County.

We will start the morning with a light breakfast and info session, then volunteers will head off to work in small groups with FMR staff to help restore the oak woodlands by hauling pre-cut brush, primarily buckthorn, before we wrap things up and enjoy a catered lunch provided by 3M.

All are welcome, no experience is needed. We'll provide the tools, protective gear, gloves and training, however, registration is required. Please note, this event typically fills fast, an early response is recommended.


Volunteers will work on uneven ground with cut stumps. Hauling brush is a high-intensity activity.

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. Please include the name of the event, your name, address, 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 or promotions 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 Cottage Grove area 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 COVID-19?

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.

Please bring a mask for the indoor portion of this event. You will be required to wear a mask indoors. Once outdoors, masks are optional.

While we currently are not requiring masks for outdoor activities, we are encouraging social distancing while we work. We will offer gloves and hand sanitizer at the event.

3M Corporation