Wednesday, June 21, 2006
INVASIVE SPECIES: not as exciting as it sounds.
We are working near Valley Creek pulling out invasive species of plants from riparian buffers. These are fenced in enclosures filled with native plants that help prevent erosion of the creek bed. Nasty invasive species like to take over the soil in the buffers, and I must say, they are pretty good at it. We spend all day ripping wild roses, bittersweet, garlic mustard, and honeysuckle out of the ground. The wild rose bushes are painful and the vines are tricky, but the garlic mustard isn't too bad. I honestly had no idea that invasive plants were such a problem. Next week we are going back to logging. We have to dig these holes to put the trees in to prevent trail erosion. Basically team 5 prevents erosion. We're like Captain Planet, except not nearly as cool.
I am officially graduating the program in 29 days. I can't wait to start grad school and see everyone. I know I keep saying that, but I'm more of a people person than a plant person. I currently set out to kill plants every day. It's a weird job, but someone has to STOP THE EROSION, DUUU DUUU DUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!
P.S. Who thinks I should change my blog name is "Can You Chandle This?" HA
Posted by Chandle at 7:00 PM