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Friday Feature: Great River Greening

March 7, 2018

Group of students talking with MCWD staff as part of EnvironmentorsGreat River Greening
(GRG) works throughout Minnesota to lead community-based restorations of prairies, forests, and waters. These projects include native plantings of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses; ecological inventories and restoration management plans; invasive species removal; prairie seed collections and plantings; and prescribed burns.

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has partnered with GRG on a number of grant-funded projects:

  • At the Minnehaha Creek Preserve in St. Louis Park, GRG coordinated with students from Paul Wellstone International High School to participate in a buckthorn removal, learn about natural areas restoration, and hear presentations from “EnvironMentors” to learn about the Preserve and careers in natural resources. GRG conducted additional buckthorn removal this winter in the Preserve.
  • GRG is assisting with invasive species control in woodland, wetland, and prairie systems in the Painter Creek and Six Mile-Halsted Bay Subwatersheds. As part of the work, native vegetation will be established in these areas.
  • Beginning this year, GRG will conduct grassland management research at MCWD’s restored Six Mile Marsh Prairie in Minnetrista in the Six Mile-Halsted Bay Subwatershed. Research plots will be mowed, hayed, or burned and seeded. They will then be surveyed to determine the effects of these management strategies on invasive species control, native species establishment, and support of pollinator habitat.

We are appreciative of our partnership with Great River Greening to both assist in restoration work, research, and community engagement, and we look forward to working with them on projects in the future.