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Rochester Master Naturalists to Restore City Park Environment

Quarry Hill Park and the adjacent Silver Creek form a critical and frequently visited urban green corridor in Rochester, Minnesota. Through a non-profit neighborhood resource center, this parcel of nature recently received a $111,900 grant from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) thanks to the skills and commitment of the Rochester chapter of Minnesota Master Naturalists.

When complete the Quarry Hill Park project will restore sections of stream banks within the city limits to form greenways extending from the rural areas of Olmsted County to the Zumbro River. This project will also enhance the prairies, savannas and woodlands of Quarry Hill; a large city park well known for its natural environments and busy educational nature center.

The Quarry Hill/Silver Creek restoration proposal was initiated and prepared by volunteer Master Naturalists to address ecological damage caused by common buckthorn, non-native honeysuckles and garlic mustard. The applicati…