Bald Range Grassland – Workparty

October 25, 2014 @ 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Bald Range
km 11 after the gravel pit
about a kilometre up Bald Range Main
Judie Steeves

Hi all,
Apologies if I have sent this to you twice in my attempt to be inclusive…
Thanx to all who came out Sept. 6 to continue restoration work on the Bald Range pocket grassland off Bear Main FSR. We got a lot done and it was a beautiful day to be out there with those fabulous views.
There’s been lots of interest in continuing our efforts, so we’re scheduling another work party for Sat., Oct. 25, beginning at 9 a.m. and likely concluding around noon.
We’ll concentrate on removing the small trees that are encroaching on what was historically a grassland and using them to fill in the gully created by runoff that gravitated toward the old dirt bike trails straight down the hillside, eroding everything in its path.
In the process of restoration, we will, of course, reduce the watershed damage that could impact downstream water quality, while we improve habitat for all sorts of wildlife.
We’ll also plan to remove some of the lower limbs of the few old veteran conifers and the blanket of needles below them, to help protect them from wildfire, scattering the needles over the invasive St. John’s Wort to try and smother it.
Grassland ecologist Don Gayton plans to GPS that work so he can document the success of that particular experiment…
Please bring gloves, water and/or coffee, a rake, shovel or hand saw if possible.
We’ll meet at the Upper Pits, which are to the right off Bear Main, at km 11. Watch for the sign.
It would be helpful if you could let us know ahead of time if you’re able to make it.
Please circulate this to any networks or organizations you’re part of, or anyone else you feel may be interested in joining us.

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