FMR’s model for working with communities focuses on long-term goals for creating healthy open spaces and habitats. Through continued volunteer programs, FMR aims to keep local residents involved in protecting and enhancing their local natural areas, building a shared sense of ownership for protecting our shared outdoors.
FMR’s volunteer efforts have grown over 15+ years; each year for the last 5, FMR has engaged at least 4,000 people in volunteer and educational events. Without involvement from the community, habitat recovery wouldn’t have been as successful. For this year’s Fair State Cooperates event, FMR will work with volunteers in restoring Ole Olson Park- a site that has greatly benefited from volunteer efforts over the past few years, and still needs some love- volunteers will make a huge impact in protecting this site’s newly planted prairies, an ecosystem with only 1% of the land cover it used to have!