[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Indian Grass Point page.]
5/20/2006 The path up to the point that starts behind the house is very steep, climbing through woods that is mostly overgrown prairie hillside with a grove of young Black Oaks near the top. I’ve been clearing it working down from the top, and up from the bottom – but there’s a lot more to do. This is along the path near the bottom – Blue-eyed Grass.
6/17/2006 The girdled aspens are dying, so there’s more light getting in, and the brush is starting to get thicker.
8/1/2006 This is a path we made up to the prairie along the east-facing slope. We used it for a few years and then abandoned it.
10/6/2006 The prairie has gone back to looking the way it did before the burn.
10/7/2006 We’re mowing once a year or so in the savanna area, trying to enlarge it a bit each time.
10/7/2006 This year’s project was to do some more clearing on top of the point. Our goal was to open it up enough that we could connect it with the west-facing remnant opening. We’ve never given a name to this remnant – it’s a small one, surrounded by birches and brush, on the western slope of the point, just below the savanna opening.
10/14/2006 Mowing closer – the prairie opening is just on the other side of the oaks.
10/14/2006 Now there’s a wide connection to the prairie opening. We left a pile of cut birch logs.
10/22/2006 More mowing around the bigger trees, to open up more of the edges of the prairie.
10/29/2006 Looking from the savanna into the west-facing prairie opening
10/29/2006 There are still lots of places with brush that should be cleared out.
10/29/2006 More brush and small trees
11/5/2006 The prairie point
11/5/2006 Looking into the savanna after all our clearing work