Four underserved neighborhoods in the Twin Cities metro area got help this summer from a partnership between the MPCA and Conservation Corps Minnesota. Small teams of 15- to 18-year-olds, with young adult crew leaders, worked on planting projects that will strengthen their communities' climate resilience.
- A rain garden adjacent to the community gardens in the Cleveland neighborhood of north Minneapolis.
- Near-road vegetation (trees, shrubs, pollinator plants, and other perennials) to improve air quality and stormwater retention along the I-35E sound barrier and bike/walk trail at Western Avenue South and Harrison Avenue in the Little Bohemia neighborhood of Saint Paul. Crews prepped the site by digging tree holes, then helped plant everything during volunteer events on the weekend.
- Near-road vegetation to improve air quality and stormwater retention on a large site at I-694 and East River Road adjacent to the Mississippi River Trail and lower-income multi-family housing in Fridley.
- Boulevard bioswales to replace diseased ash trees in the Harrison neighborhood of north Minneapolis.
After a couple days with a youth crew at the work site, the community organizer for the Little Bohemia project emailed “a quick note to let you know the crew has been incredibly helpful this week prepping the planting site. …Thank you for this amazing partnership.”
Projects were installed by three different crews during a four-week period from mid-June to mid-July.
The crews receive a weekly stipend for their service and participated in daily science-education and career-development activities with crew leaders. Some of the educational activities included newly created content on climate change, mitigation, adaptation, and community resilience.
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