Great River Greening news

Restoring oak forest gives way to a happy understory

Talahi Woods is an oak forest in Saint Cloud, adjacent to a recreational city park, with trails that open to a bluff view of the Mississippi River. The woods are owned by St. Cloud State University, often used as an outdoor classroom, as well as enjoyed by neighbors. A few years ago, the university began a …read more →

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Seed for seed, this pollinator project is taking hold

A Pollinator Seed Initiative begun last spring is making progress. Ground preparation and planting projects are planned throughout this year, including one in Woodbury, where Great River Greening volunteers will be working this month. “The seed initiative is a pioneering concept with no Minnesota precedent,” said Steve Huckett, conservation director for Great River Greening. With …read more →

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Star Tribune: Washington County project aims to improve habitats by introducing more pollinators

A focus in Woodbury is a milelong stretch of buried pipeline land along Ojibway Park Road. By Kelly Busche Star Tribune APRIL 28, 2018 link to article The continued shrinking of pollinator-friendly land and resources has prompted several new initiatives in Washington County to combat a loss of habitat for butterflies, bees, beetles and songbirds. This summer, …read more →

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Spring cleaning is for land & water too!

Every spring Great River Greening brings 1,000 volunteers out to natural spaces in Minnesota to restore our land and water. This season’s events will draw even more people, working on sites throughout the state. We kick things off in April with a celebration of Minnesota Public Radio’s Water Month. Volunteers will work alongside MPR Radio …read more →

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Watershed partnership assisting tomorrow’s leaders

A broad coalition of people, aligned with agriculture, recreation, conservation, urban/rural communities, education, and government entities, make up the The Seven Mile Creek Watershed Partnership. The group is reporting positive results: Landowners are coming forward to learn more and take real steps toward land management that has a positive impact on the environment.

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Photo exhibit tells story of Watershed Partnership

Photographer Kay Herbst Helms’ exhibition of photographs tells the story of the Seven Mile Creek Watershed Partnership-a group of people who share a common interest in the health of the water in this particular watershed.

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Registration is open for spring events

Join us! This season, we will host our biggest event yet at Doyle-Kennefick Future Regional Park; Restore land along along the Minnesota River in the MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge; Cast milkweed pods on historic land in Mendota Heights, and plant trees in Crosby Farm Regional Park and milkweed in a Wildlife Management Area in Rice MN.

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Restoring Oak Savanna in Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Turning off a busy Cliff Road in Eagan, into Lebanon Hills Regional Park, brings visitors into a vast natural area with miles of trails, a dozen small lakes, swimming beach, horse trails, campgrounds, and an education center. This is Dakota County’s largest park and people throughout the metro area rank it as a favorite for …read more →

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Thank you for a great 2017!

2017 was a record-breaking year. Families and community groups joined us outdoors to dig deep and improve natural areas across the state – not just for today, but for generations to come. We engaged 2,800 volunteers  at 63 restoration events across Minnesota Restored 2,200 acres of threatened prairie land, wildlife habitat (including pollinator habitat), urban …read more →

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Watershed Outreach Program of the Year

Great River Greening is honored to be the recipient of the Watershed Outreach Program of the Year Award from Capitol Region Watershed District The award is given to an organization that has demonstrated through its policies, practices or projects a commitment to Capitol Region Watershed District’s (CRWD) mission to protect, manage and improve water resources …read more →

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