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Vital volunteers
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Another example of an effective group is Friends of the Mississippi River, a charitable organization that each year enlists thousands of volunteers to improve the aesthetics and environmental health of the Mississippi in the Twin Cities area. Recently, volunteers planted native vegetation in the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area in Inver Grove Heights and several other volunteer restoration events are planned for Dakota County. The group also organizes outings to stencil storm drains and coordinates community volunteers to clean up trash, remove invasive species, and monitor trails through the Mississippi Gorge in the heart of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Friends of the Mississippi has worked with the city of Hastings to develop a management plan to rehabilitate a former petroleum tank farm along the river and manage 120 acres of natural floodplain forest and marsh, where more than 50 bird species nest, including the resident pair of bald eagles that Wendell Snider monitors. DNR Metro Greenways has partially funded this effort as part of its bigger vision to reconnect the river corridor and restore important fish and wildlife habitat. For information, go online to www.fmr.org.

There are many active groups working to improve our relationships with our natural systems. For a list of other organizations doing meaningful work, see the Additional Resources page.

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