Volunteers needed Saturday November 21 for final community habitat event this year

The Twin Cities Chapter of TU needs your help on its last community brush cutting event in 2015.  Volunteers of all ages are needed to clear invasive trees along the Vermillion River near Farmington, MN on Saturday November 21 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Volunteers will be rewarded with a good lunch and good conversation.   Volunteers will work removing buckthorn and other invasives, which are degrading trout and riparian forest habitat.  We will also be creating better public access for our community. 

Members, nonmembers, families, school groups, sporting and civic groups and neighbors are all encouraged to join the community of volunteers. Everyone can contribute to improving this great natural resource. 

Lunch is provided, so please help us get a good headcount by sending your RSVP to Habitat Restoration Chair Tony Nelson at: Tony@1igprint.com or calling 952-486-2282.

Bring:

  • Hiking boots or knee boots
  • Work gloves
  • Clothing for getting dirty while cutting and hauling brush
  • Tree loppers or hand saws, if you have them

We also need a few expert chainsaw operators who know how to use their saws safely, and have appropriate safety equipment.

Parents who cannot attend with their son or daughter should make sure to send a completed consent form with them, which can be found at http://mntu.org/info/volunteer-forms/

Is cooking more your forte?  We also need a few more people to help us feed the hungry crew.  Please let Tony Nelson know if you can help:  Tony@1igprint.com or call 952-486-2282.

Directions:

The project site is located on the State Aquatic Management Area off East 200th street, also known as County Road 66, just west of U.S. Highway 52, about four miles south of Coates, MN. 

Heading East from Lakeville & Interstate 35: Take Co Rd 50 east from Lakeville, MN through Farmington, to MN Hwy 3 (Chippendale Ave).  Turn left (north) onto MN Hwy 3 and proceed north approximately 0.6 mile to County 66/200th Street (also called Vermillion River Trail here).  Take County 66/200th Street east six miles to the Vermillion River bridge.  Immediately before the bridge turn right into the AMA parking area and field.

Heading south on US Hwy 52: Three miles south of Coates you will drop down to the bridge over the Vermillion River and reach the County 66/200th Street crossing.  Immediately after crossing the Vermillion River on Hwy 52, turn right (west) onto County 66/200th Street.  Proceed one half block and turn left into the AMA parking area and field. 

We look forward to a large and enthusiastic turn out.  Thank you for sharing your time and passion to improve our local trout stream and community. Please share this announcement widely, as everyone is welcome.

This is an ongoing habitat project of the Twin Cities Chapter of Trout Unlimited. 

Visit www.twincitiestu.org and www.mntu.org