Katherine Abbott Park in Mahtomedi, a gallery on Flickr.
Related news: Restoration plans for an urban gem kick off spring 2014
Katherine Abbott park in the City of Mahtomedi, MN is treasured for its beauty and accessibility. Its 76 acres of hardwood oak forest, prairie/savanna, and wetlands provide habitat for a variety of wildlife and an escape to nature for cross-country skiing, hiking, bird watching, picnicking, and canoeing on Long Lake.
But, the ecological integrity of the park is threatened by non-native invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle shrubs.
Coming up! Great River Greening will host a volunteer “Buckthorn Blast” at Katherine Abbott Park – in spring 2014, as the first phase of restoration work we have begun with Mahtomedi to preserve the ecological integrity of this beloved park, where the forest is under threat.
The park also represents important history in the area. Girl Scouts spent their summers there from 1952 until the city purchased it in 1989. It is now a part of the Parks and Recreation system and features a trail system and historic lodge.