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We are building a strong and resilient urban forest for generations to come. By planting a diverse mix of native and southern-adapted species, our park’s forests will better resist emerging pests and disease, and will become adapted to a changing climate.

Ash trees within the park contain an estimated 101,555 tons of carbon, which is about the same as saving 38,009,000 gallons of gasoline, taking 71,350 cars off the road for a year, or installing 85 wind turbines. Loss of ash trees will also lead to gaps in the tree canopy and increased numbers of invasive plants as they take advantage of areas that are now open to the sunlight. The time to act is now.


The Pesty Problem

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive forest insect from Asia that was discovered in 2002 in Michigan. EAB infests and kills all species of ash native to North America.

In 2009, EAB was discovered in St. Paul, Minnesota and soon after, Minneapolis, southeastern Minnesota, and the greater Duluth area. Minnesota forests are home to an estimated 1 billion ash trees. Ash trees makes up 20-40% of canopy in the forests in our national park.

Without support, this epidemic will change the Mississippi River’s floodplain forest habitat forever.


Our Efforts

As the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area’s urban canopy faces increasing pressure from invasive pests, a changing climate, and challenges with regeneration, Mississippi Park Connection is committed to building resilience in our urban forests. Over the last several years, Mississippi Park Connection has made a commitment to the Mississippi River’s floodplain and other forested areas.

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Ways you can get involved with the campaign!


Thank you to Supporters of the Campaign: 

National Park Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, 3M, National Park Service, Minnesota DNR Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, MN Pollution Control Agency – Environmental Assistance Grant, The McNeely Foundation, Tree Trust, Mortenson Family Foundation, Surly Gives A Damn, The Alces Trust, XCEL Energy, and Plantra, Inc.