Anoka Sandplain

Great River Greening’s Work on the Pollinator Issue

Insect pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and wasps, are an important part of food production for humans and wildlife, and for plant reproduction in Minnesota and the world. Unfortunately, pollinator populations in the U.S. have been falling for decades. Both the Minnesota state legislature and the White House have issued official policy that prioritizes this …read more →

Anoka Sandplain Partnership

The Anoka Sandplain serves as a critical filter for the aquifer that provides the TwinCities and east-central Minnesota with most of its drinking water. It is also a rich collection of natural resources, including two state Wild and Scenic Rivers and numerous wildlife management areas. The Anoka Sandplain Partnership is a coalition of 25 conservation stakeholders, …read more →

Anoka Sandplain

Characterized by thousands of shallow wetlands, miles of scenic rivers and streams, and the largest concentration of critically imperiled oak savanna in the Midwest, the Anoka Sandplain is a unique and valuable ecological treasure located in east-central Minnesota. The Sandplain provides: Critical drinking water to the people of the Twin Cities and east-central Minnesota through …read more →

Million Milkweed Seed Collection 101: Common Milkweed

 Common Milkweed is a favorite food plant for colorful monarch caterpillars. Help us plant more of this rich pollinator attractor! Butterflies, like other pollinators, are an important part of food production for humans and wildlife, and for plant reproduction in Minnesota and the world. Unfortunately, pollinator populations in the U.S. have been falling for decades, …read more →

Bringing wild rice back to the Rum River

Cultivating a vital resource The dense, nutritious stalks of wild rice stabilize water quality and nourish and protect wildlife. Great River Greening is working in collaboration with Minnesota DNR, Isanti County and private landowners to restore 100 acres of wild rice to the Rum River shoreline, backwaters and oxbows, and water bodies across the watershed. …read more →

Photo story of shoreline restoration along the Wild & Scenic Rum River

The Great River Greening crew worked on riverbank restoration along the Rum River, one of Minnesota’s state-designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. We restored 1400 feet of riverbank by using cedar revetments, sloping the riverbank, and planting live willow stakes.Major funding for this project is from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, with additional funding from Centerpoint …read more →