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Service Saturday: litter pick-up + flower/tree planting + volunteer appreciation event
September 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Please join the North Loop Neighborhood Association (NLNA) with the Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) at a native tree planting event at James Rice Park. This event is part of a Stewardship Fund grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) awarded to the NLNA supporting development of a volunteer-driven 5-year plan to restore over 6 acres of riverside natural areas at James Rice Park. Other project partners involved include Metro Blooms, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Mississippi Park Connection.
At the FMR-led event, volunteers will plant roughly 150 native trees – species like American sycamore, bitternut hickory and serviceberry – where large areas of buckthorn and other aggressive plants have recently been cleared to allow the new trees to take root with less competition.FMR and Mississippi Park Connection will supply the trees, some of which are currently growing at the MWMO’s gravel bed nursery in Northeast Minneapolis.
Staff from FMR and the MWMO will share more about the project with the group before we get started. The event will be held rain or shine. We recommend wearing long sleeves and covered shoes. Gloves and tools will be provided.