We’ve recently completed a lot of hand thinning and piling in the northern section of the preserve (~ 145 acres) and we plan to burn the piles later this fall. Mowing will follow. Amanda just finished leading a forestry tour out there on October 8th. We thinned fir trees out of ponderosa pine and larch stands. Removing the competition will benefit the remaining pine and larch and reduce the risk of fire – enhancing protection of the nearby Camp Sherman community.
Under the supervision of Karen Allen, hired crews and volunteers from Trout Unlimited, Wanderlust Tours, and the general public planted 48,470 plants at Camp Polk in late September! That brings our grand total of native plantings in the Whychus Stream Restoration project area to well over 178,000 plants. Not to mention all the pounds of native seed broadcasting – probably about 300 lbs. of native seed to be broadcast over the planted areas.
Volunteers and staff have also been seeing great flocks of birds migrating through with one volunteer reporting 381 individual birds (not 381 species) in one site visit!
We recently hosted a “Backyard Collective” – a Conservation Alliance work party at Skyline Forest. There were approximately 35 folks who came out and built trail, cleaned up Bull Springs, and helped restore the aspen groves (by removing competing juniper). It was a great morning with a lot of enthusiastic volunteers – over 20 of which were with the Ruff Wear company.
The Land Trust sincerely appreciates the support of the Conservation Alliance and its member groups! We were thrilled with the great turn out at this year’s Backyard Collective and enjoyed the opportunity to share Skyline with so many great folks. A big thank you to everyone who came out to help clean up Bull Springs, build new trail, and restore the aspen groves - and to Fidelity and Bill Swarts for allowing us to work on their property.