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‘Ku-le Region Forestry did more work on the scrubby forest just above Pine Point Prairie this year. They’ve got most of it cleared now, and are nearly ready to start clearing the small trees and invasive brush in the overgrown savanna just above it.
I treated Garlic Mustard, and cut and treated Common Burdock in the woods above Big View Prairie this year.
Then, in October, our friend Todd started working on cutting out the smaller, non-oak trees in that woods. We’d like to get it cleared enough that it turns back into savanna again. He piled the wood and branches he cut, and Mike and I moved them to a big pile back in the woods. Todd started at the eastern edge of the woods, and got quite a bit done before the snow came. We’re hoping he can start up again in the spring.
3/18/2019 This is a view of the whole point before any of us started working. The field is Pine Point Prairie. The top edge of the field, with the brushy area to the left just below the woods is a mix of small cherry and oak trees and invasive brush that grew up after we had the pine woods logged. This is the part that ‘Ku-le Region Forestry has been working to clear out. Above that is the overgrown savanna. Above that is the remnant bluff prairie – Big View Prairie. And above that, on the ridge, is the narrow woods that Todd worked on.
3/26/2019 Work has started on the brush below the savanna/woods.
9/16/2019 Looking through the woods above the prairie toward Praag Valley, just before Todd started work.
9/16/2019 Looking east down the path to the top of Big View Prairie before Todd started work.
9/28/2019 The same view, after Todd cut some of the trees and brush.
9/28/2019 Looking west through what used to be woods. It looks pretty messy, but once the cut wood is cleared out, and it starts to recover, it should start to look more like savanna.
9/28/2019 More savanna-like woods.
9/28/2019 New view through the woods into Praag Valley
9/28/2019 A few of the piles we moved back into the woods
9/28/2019 View of the newly cleared woods from Western Prairie
10/7/2019 The opened up view from the bench. This area used to have several huge honeysuckles.
10/7/2019 Bald Eagle checking out the new landscape
10/7/2019 The brushy strip below the woods is nearly gone – there’s just a bit left on the left side. And now we can see through the trees at the top where Todd was working.