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Help restore native oak savanna on Grey Cloud Island.

Dear Great River Greening Volunteers!

Great River Greening seeks your help to restore native oak savanna on Grey Cloud Island near Cottage Grove on Saturday, October 17th from 8:30am-12:30pm. Gaining special access to the site, volunteer s will assist with the removal of non-native brush, such as buckthorn, honeysuckle and other non-native trees. Lower Grey Cloud Island rests in the Mississippi floodplain and is surrounded by its waters. All of its resources—historical and ecological—are inextricably linked to the river. This was the home of Medicine Bottle and his tribe of Mdewakanton Sioux and the site of the historic village of Grey Cloud . Frontiersmen and traders, Joseph R. Brown and Hazen Mooers, were among the early Euro-Americans living here. Historically, the Island supported a broad expanse of oak savanna, a natural ecosystem now globally imperiled. Even though past land uses have eliminated much of this native habitat from the island, the opportunity exists to restore – at a grand scale – this oak savanna ecosystem and many of the species for which it was home.

Join us today to preserve this important part of Minnesota ’s heritage! Individuals, community organizations and corporate groups are welcome to participate in Greening’s restoration event. Lunch will be provided for pre-registered volunteer s, so sign up today! You will receive a confirmation one week prior to the event with directions and event details.

Individuals of all ages, families, community and corporate groups are welcome to participate in Greening’s restoration events. Pre-registration is required, so sign up today!

Register online at www.greatrivergreening.org under “Volunteer” or contact Mark Turbak , Volunteer Programs and Events Manager, at mturbak@greatrivergreening.org or 651-665-9500 ext. 11.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Mark Turbak
Volunteer Programs Manager

Great River Greening

35 W Water St #201

Saint Paul MN 55107

Tel 651 665.9500 x11

Fax 651 651.9409

restoring the land,

renewing communities

www.greatrivergreening.org

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