Minnesota Master Naturalist sponsors National Public Lands Day sites across Minnesota

Amy Rager, Extension Educator, State Program Director, Minnesota Master Naturalist

MN Master Naturalist, seedlings

Seedling waiting to be protected from deer browse over winter.

Minnesota Master Naturalist is all about volunteering all the time, but on September 26, 2015, a concentrated effort was made to get as many volunteers out as possible.  Staff worked with 13 sites across the state to host 319 volunteers who provided 1,677 hours of volunteer service for a value of $41,639.91.  What an incredible impact!

Projects included, budcapping at Itasca State Park, Park Rapids and at Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, Duluth.  Volunteers staple small pieces of paper over the small tasty tops of the newly planted white and red pines to protect them from hungry deer over the winter.  Over 26,000 trees were fitted with their bud caps!

MN Master Naturalist, budcapping

Small pieces of paper are fitted over the top of the seedling.

Other activities, included work at a Monarch Weigh Station in St. Paul, creating pollinator gardens in Brainerd, and TONS of buckthorn removal at the Lac qui Parle Mission in Watson.  The Rochester area 

had volunteers doing native seed collection and invasive species removal.   It was a great day of service for the state of Minnesota.  For more information about the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program and upcoming classes check our web page at www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org

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