Pisgah Oak Restoration

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Leader: Janet Jacobsen
Hike: 3 miles, 1000 ft (Moderate)

Five Obsidians, seven Native Plant Society members, and one guest toured the oak restoration project area with Jason Blazar, Friends of Buford Park Stewardship Coordinator. A NPS member worried that the Obsidian hikers would go too fast while I worried that we would be standing in one spot too long. Fortunately Jason’s presentation kept all of us focused on the habitat, tree removal, and restoration. What are the goals for the Friends of Buford Park? Who decided what trees would be removed? How many trees were cut? Why are three trees along the Summit Trail marked with blue paint? Why didn’t they remove the Douglas Fir next to the trail? What happened to the trees and slash? Why did they leave snags?? How many native plants were planted in the staging area? Where were the seeds gathered for the plants? Will the tree removal impact rare plants? Did they find any new plants? What happens next? What is Jason’s favorite unmarked flower trail? All of these questions and more were answered on the hike. We didn’t make it to the top. Our thanks to Dave Predeek for organizing the trip for both groups. Obsidians were Pat Esch, Maggie Gontrum, Janet Jacobsen, Dave Predeek, and nonmember, Love Opincar. Visit the Friends of Buford Park website <a href="http://www.bufordpark.org/prairies/">www.bufordpark.org/prairies</a> to read about their Habitat Management Plan and oak restoration tour on May 17.

Members: Janet Jacobsen, Dave Predeek, Maggie Gontrum, Patricia Esch. Nonmembers: Love Opincar.

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