2019 STEWARDSHIP PROJECT REPORTS
Brinkhaven Barrens and Lake Katharine SNP Projects
The weather has been challenging so far this year, causing us to cancel (and reschedule) 3 stewardship projects already. We did work at Brinkhaven Barrens on January 15 on a cold day. Three of us worked to remove a thicket of brush and dead woody stems in the south barrens. We built a large brush pile and burned the cut material which helped keep us warm. On February 19th, 8 volunteers and preserve manager, Josh Deemer surveyed a new area at Lake Katharine for hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). It was an area not far from the known infestation and we found more HWA. These surveys help the preserve manager document the extent of the infestation and determine what treatments will be used to control their spread. Fortunately what we found was a relatively light infestation.
February-March Stewardship Projects
ONAPA has been busy this winter with several winter stewardship projects. Unfortunately the weather has not always cooperated, so we had to postpone or cancel a few projects. We have been getting some important work accomplished at a number of preserves and other natural areas. We did more hemlock woolly adelgid surveys at Crane Hollow (February 26) and Little Rocky Hollow (March 6), fortunately not finding any HWA at either site. We worked at a couple of sites for Eastern prairie fringed orchid, improving habitat by removing woody species - Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area (February 28) and Mallard Club Wildlife Area (March 12). We also removed bush honeysuckle and other woody invasives in the woods at Mentor Marsh (March 7th) in cooperation with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. While our volunteer groups have been small this winter, we have accomplished good work at each project.