- Sep 17, 2002
Never looked for them. Very tough to find anything in there until now. The duff was really thick. Even burned we had trouble,
Fire opens up the forest floor to sunlight and returns a lot of carbon back to the soil. It also gets rid of a lot of duff, uncovering seeds that may have been there waiting for the competition to get blasted.Will a fire open up seeds that have been laying dormant in a wet spung? Or will fire just prepare the ground for wind born seeds?
I recognize that truck based on the rusted bumper. It's from Bass River SF, but it isn't Maintenance. Maintenance has the good trucks and they don't let anyone else drive them. What you saw was a sign-posting crew, probably using their GPS to locate and mark state property boundaries. If they were cutting a tree, it's because the tree was in their way, nothing more.BTW, Jessica was driving out to 72 on Sooy Road and she quickly pulled to the side and I did not know why. There was a state park truck in the road around a corner and a man was cutting the trees that were semi blocking the road. Once done the vehicle came toward us and a woman was driving. So I have to assume they drive the roads looking for trees blocking the road and they cut them. I have it on video in my car and will see if it is appropriate to post.
Guy That is a Spotted Turtle. A painted Turtle is larger with red markings around the rim of the shellAll,
Jessica is really sick so I spent the morning and early afternoon exploring around the Sykes Branch by myself. My goal was to find some property corners but there was nothing at the locations I went to for me to see. Some were in the burned area and some were not. The few that were not only brought me a serious number of ticks. I was picking them off me for a couple minutes.
Anyway, the property there has gone through various ownership over the years, mainly through death and inheritance. The corners have been elusive for me so today was mainly uneventful. However, I did see a few interesting critters.
A painted turtle in a puddle along Sooy Road. Just reached into the puddle as I walked by.
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And this Black Rat was resting comfortably along a dim road. I laid down and talked to it for a while but it ignored me.
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And when I was done I looked like this.
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Oh, and I did make it all the way to Haines property and along his line I saw what appeared to be a house in the woods. Closer inspection proved otherwise.
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