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Plant for the Future

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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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 the national park.

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


Ways you can get involved with the campaign!


Thank You to Our Funders!

3M | Conservation Legacy Partners | Dangerous Man Brewing Company

Easy and Company | Eco Adapt | McNeely Foundation

MPCA - EA Fund | Mortenson Construction | Mortenson Family Foundation

Prairie Island Indian Community | National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

National Park Foundation | Okabena Advisors | Patagonia

Plantra | Minneapolis Rotary Club |Minnesota GreenCorps

Surly Gives a Damn | Tattersall Distillery | Tennant Foundation

The McKnight Foundation |

Tree Trust | XCEL Energy

Mississippi Park Connection members