[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Pine Point Prairie page.]
This year we hired some folks to start cutting down the brush that’s grown up where we cut down the pines – just above the main planted prairie. They got nearly half of that area cleared, and I planted prairie seeds there.
1/23/2018 This shows the strip of brush along the bottom of the woods.
2/11/2018 Another view of the brush – mostly Black Cherry, Buckthorn, and Honeysuckle.
2/11/2018 Showing the bottom of the Dugway Trail, and the eastern edge of the point.
2/16/2018 ‘Ku-le Region Forestry starting work on the brush. They cut, and then burned it in piles.
3/16/2018 – Much less brush
4/2/2018 They burned about half the cleared area so they could see to cut the tall stumps.
4/4/2018 I planted prairie seeds in the cleared areas.
8/2/2018 This is the older planted prairie – below the cleared brush.
8/2/2018 Our lower path through the prairie has been getting wetter and wetter – I think there are springs or seeps developing in the hillside. So we needed to make a higher – and hopefully drier – path. This was our first attempt, but it turned out to be too high – too steep to drive on. We made a somewhat lower path, which we hope will be dry enough. This one is recovering from being mowed.
8/2/2018 The upper path, with the old lower path. The new one turns off to the left a little farther up.