Volunteers plant native shrubs along Mississippi River

You can still volunteer for Thursday

Thousands of native shrubs are being planted along the Mississippi River.

The city of La Crescent, along with the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and the Friends of the Refuge, is hosting volunteers to plant seedlings they will be able to watch grow.

More than a thousand native plants will serve as nesting and feeding locations for wildlife, while helping keep bicyclists from falling into the river. Crews are also removing an invasive plant species called Buckthorn.

“The Buckthorn was brought over quite a long time ago to be a hedge crop, to help erosion in farm fields. It’s a really good wind block, but unfortunately it spreads really easily and it doesn’t have a lot of qualities that are utilized by native wildlife,” said Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge Visitor Services Specialist Katie Julian.

If you would like to volunteer, the groups are hosting another round of planting this Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. You can find out how to register by calling Katie Julian at (608) 789-6947.

You should bring these items with you:

Filled water bottle
Hiking/work boots
Long pants
Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
Sunscreen
Bug spray
A hat

Tools will be provided.