Join Vermillion Riverkeepers in Slaying Buckthorn on Saturday, December 2
November 6, 2017
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Vermillion Riverkeepers Volunteers

Don’t those people in the photo look happy?  They hate invasive buckthorn brush. They had a good time clearing it along the banks of the South Branch of the Vermillion River on Saturday, October 28.

About 40 of our Vermillion Riverkeepers teamed up to drag out the cut brush, making piles that the DNR will burn this winter (if we get good snow cover).  Watch for an email when the burn date is set.  We can roast some brats around a campfire that’s 30 feet high.

The work will clear the way to repair eroding banks and restore native prairie, increasing habitat for wildlife and fish.

You can help us cut more brush on Saturday, December 2 in the same location: The MNDNR South Branch of the Vermillion River State Aquatic Management Area (AMA) (map)

It’s always a lot of fun. Our Vermillion Riverkeepers will be working under the DNR’s direction from about 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and then we’ll feed you free lunch.

Everyone from the community is welcome to join us.

By Thursday, November 30, please let our stream restoration chair, volunteer Tony Nelson, know if you are coming, and how many people you are bringing, so we can plan how much food to buy.

Also let him know what you’d like to do. We need help:

  • Registering people and getting liability forms signed
  • Cooking and serving lunch
  • Cutting and spraying buckthorn and other invasive brush that chokes the river corridor
  • Dragging brush into piles for the DNR to burn this winter
  • Taking photos and video

If you want to cut or drag brush, wear work boots or sturdy shoes, and clothes that can get dirty.

We have loppers, hand saws, and gloves. You could bring your own. Just label them so they don’t get lost.

If you have taken chain saw training, have the proper safety gear, and have your own chainsaw, feel free to bring it. We have a few lightweight chainsaws  as well. Let Tony know you’ll be chainsawing.

It’s a good idea to bring a full water bottle. We’ll bring around more water, and provide plenty for lunch.

The AMA is about seven miles east of Farmington, on a street that goes by three names: Vermillion River Trail, E. 200th St., and Co. Rd. 66. The AMA is just west of U.S. Highway 52, and about five miles south of Coates. Here’s a link to a Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/XyTFGF2rPPp

The nearest public bathroom is 5 minutes away at the Vermillion Pump and Market. Here’s a Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/1x2G8ANCpWu

Tony’s email is tony@twincitiestu.org  Phone: (952) 486-2282.

Everyone in the chapter is a volunteer, so thanks for your support.

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