With its tall grass and wildflowers, the Sand Coulee offers a different kind of beauty, and 14 rare plant and animal species call the Coulee home. With its deep prairie root systems, the Coulee also help filter pollutants from runoff water before it can enter the nearby Vermillion and Mississippi Rivers.
On June 28th from 6-8pm, volunteers will work with Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) to identify and help halt the spread of encroaching plants deemed by the Department of Natural Resources as a threat to the health of this important area. Volunteers will remove a patch of the weedy invasives, helping to protect the prairie’s threatened native plant species and improving wildlife habitat over the course of just a couple hours.
This event is part of the Vermillion Stewards program, which engages citizens in the care of the Vermillion River and its watershed and the special places within it.
All are welcome, but capacity is limited and registration is required. To learn more and register, visit http://fmr.org/events/2018/06/28/tend-rare-prairie-sand-coulee-sna.