Time for an update on what volunteers from our community have been doing in the NCC Woodlands.
- NCC Woodland Trail Maintenance – Buckthorn Root Removal
- Purple Martin Birdhouse Project
- Japanese Knotweed Invasive Species Removal Project
- Pollinator Garden ready for Winter
- Tree Saplings doing well
NCC Woodland Trail Maintenance – Buckthorn root removal
Video of removal of Buckthorn roots, demonstrated by Catherine Shearer using the root remover tool. Download: img_6503.mov
The lowering and closure of the Purple Martin Birdhouse
Kelly Wiles shown lowering the Purple Martin Birdhouse located along the JSAM parkway between the Carleton Avenue overpass and Remic Rapids. It’s lowered to avoid winter wind damage, since the trees no longer have leaves to slow down the ferocious north wind blowing over the river.
This joint project with the NCC is into its 2nd year since its installation. No Purple Martins nested this year; hoping that they checked out these accommodations and will visit next spring.
Japanese Knotweed Invasive Species Removal project
We have 2 sites within the Champlain Woods of the Japanese Knotweed.
This photo is the largest site, and we are pleased to report after 3 years of covering this area with tarp, it’s almost been completely eradicated.
This is what growing Japanese Knotweed looks like. The Wikipedia article describes how robust it is, surviving cold weather (-35C) and growing deep roots that make it hard to get rid of (you need both goats to eat it and pigs to dig it up). The annoying thing is that it grows quickly and thick enough to prevent other plants from growing there. If you want to imagine nanotechnology gone wrong, this would be a good comparison. Though in a competition between buckthorn and knotweed, which would win?
Pollinator Garden Ready for Winter
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped set up the pollinator garden. It’s now ready for winter with a blanket of leaves.
Tree saplings doing well, filling a forest clearing
After 3 years of growth, the tree saplings that are filling the former ash tree area are getting bigger and looking healthy. One of the easier projects – we just let nature do all the work.
These are the current NCC Woodland projects all run by volunteers from our community and we are thankful for all their time and hard work in making them a success. We have more projects we’d like to work on, so stay tuned to hear about them and if interested, please contact us to participate.