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Archive for November, 2016

Green Hills Cleanup this Sunday!

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager


This Sunday, from 1 – 3 pm, we’ll be loading this junk from the preserve on the truck for recycling and disposal. This is the last of the dumps on the preserve, I’m really amazed at what we’ve been able to accomplish with the dumps here, all thanks to volunteers!

If we have time we’ll fan out and cut vines, pick up old nursery pots scattered in the woods, and dream about a new trail that will lead to this part of the preserve.

Many hands make light work, and this is a good time of year to get back to these remote spots. We hope you’ll join us for this workday. Register online and find more information here.


Crow’s Nest: Hazard Tree Work

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager

We’ve had a number of oaks die this summer, and other species that appear to have succumbed to the drought. Additionally, we are being proactive in beginning the removal of the 200 ash trees found along public roads at the preserve (see here for my 2012 perspective on Emerald Ash Borer, and here for an update earlier this year). So we have spent the week with a contractor removing these difficult trees.


With the help of a lift the trees could be topped first, then felled without causing much damage to the surrounding forest.



Other trees, such as this tuliptree below (plus the huge one near the visitor center) were pruned to remove dead wood over the trails.


These last two photos are of a tuliptree that was struck by lighting last year. While it was still alive it showed signs of damage. Trees are easier and safer to remove before the the damage gets worse.



This has been a difficult year for our trees. Each of the ones removed showed signs of stress, insect damage, or were already dead. We were able to leave a couple trunks standing, but short enough not to be a hazard, for insects and woodpeckers to enjoy as food and nesting habitat.

One more day to go on the work today, at Green Hills, where a couple more oaks along the road have died.

Mariton: Seeing Things Differently

by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager


From now until the spring I see things in new ways. The leaves drop off and reveal things that have been hidden for several months.  Even things that I have walked by thousands of times can suddenly look new and interesting.  Like this hole in a Hackberry tree along the River Lookout Trail.  I have walked by it numerous times and admired it.  Then one day in the right light I recognized Edvard Munch’s The Scream.


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