Located in Cottage Grove, this highly protected Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) features two sandy terraces along the river. The first rises 40 to 60 feet above river level with remarkable crescents and blowouts sculpted by southwesterly winds. The second, 110 feet above the Mississippi, has a dramatic cut-face. Grey Cloud Dunes SNA is a sight to see. Help Friends of the Mississippi River further our restoration efforts at this special site! On Tuesday, June 27th from 6:00 to 8:00, volunteers will participate in a brief orientation, then will work with FMR ecologists to help remove sumac, a shrubby tree that would otherwise overtake this vital habitat. Other tending or restoration tasks may also be needed.
Due to tool usage, including loppers and saws, this event is not suitable for youth. The designation of this type of park is meant to protect rare, fragile plant and animal habitat, please note Grey Cloud SNA does not feature amenities – trails or restrooms.Capacity is limited, in part to tread lightly on this special place but also to make sure everyone has a chance to ask questions about the site’s ecology and the many native plants and flowers sure to be in bloom on this summer evening
Registration is required. To learn more, including how to register, visit http://fmr.org/events/2017/06/27/lop-and-remove-sumac-grey-cloud-dunes-sna. Registration closes end of day Monday, June 26th.