The Friends of the Mississippi River and Great River Greening have partnered and are working on a pretty big project. It is the Pine Bend Bluff Restoration project. The project entails restoring the Pine Bend Bluffs, where 40 percent of North American Waterfowl and millions of migratory songbirds use the area as a flyway.
The project on October 29th was to cut away and pre bundle buckthorn and honey suckle trees and vines. These are known to be invasive species of plants are can be difficult to eradicate from a single area.
11 students from Minnesota School of Business in Lakeville joined the team to assist with this restoration project. The students found the event to be very rewarding.
“It is nice to make a difference in the ecological site,” stated Instructor Joel Bisser. “It is really rewarding to see the difference made from start to finish when working with projects. “
By the end of the day, they were able to catch glimpses of the marsh beyond the project boundaries. That gave them some insight to some of the good that this project is doing.
This is now where near the end of the project in its entirety. This project has been going on since 1999 and has already logged over 800 volunteers performing 2,500 hours of labor.