Urban Roots Conservation GrowCrew (returning interns) had a busy summer doing high-level natural resource work, creating a management plan for a small patch of land at the Willowbrook Park near the MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Central Region Headquarters.
Our youth interns were tasked with developing a 5-year plan to convert a weedy patch into a more welcoming and natural/native environment. The youth inventoried the site, identified existing plant material and researched the best methods for removal of the invasive species. They then researched what ecosystem and what plant material would best fit the existing environment. Along the way, youth interns debated the best course of action, reached a consensus and created a plan that they presented at a regional managers meeting.
Our partner at the DNR writes:
“You can tell your crew that they completely wowed the Regional Managers today. Congratulations. Everyone was so impressed with the work and the presentation skills of the group. By far, your presentation was a highlight of a year’s worth of restoration management meetings.”
We look forward to helping roll out phase one of the plan!
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