When: Tuesday, May 7 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Anoka Sand Plains
What: Visit three wetland bank sites within the Anoka Sand Plain (ASP) ecological subsection of east central Minnesota, a unique subsection within MN’s Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province. Visiting this area with the project ecologists will allow for interpretive opportunities that highlight specialized vegetative restoration methods (i.e. enhancements) that have been developed and implemented within urbanizing landscapes of Minnesota. These peatland sites are being restored from an invasive dominated, fire suppressed condition to diverse, native dominated herbaceous communities (e.g. rich fen, poor fen, wet meadow) including over a dozen rare and protected plant species unique to the ASP. Attendees will also learn about the use of the MN Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) as a vegetative performance standard, some of the first applications of the FQA method for assessing wetland bank vegetation performance in Minnesota.