Goodness but there is a lot of sumac in the front area. Over the years, these sumacs have taken over the mid-level canopy, brambles had taken over the same groundcover real estate. All of this growth has slowly been encroaching in on the lawn area. (Was there more lawn back in 2004, when I came out here for a campfire event? I can't, in truth, remember.)
Anyway, I took the saw to some of the sumac and the scythe to the brambles before carting several wheelbarrow-fulls of plant matter to the fire pit. In amongst all of that, I found that there were several vines that had crept into the sumac with runners infiltrating what looks like much of the ground in the area (that's going to be really annoying to deal with in the future unless I can pull up most of it).
After a couple bouts each of an hour's work, I think that things are going well (enough) with the cutting-back-of-the-plantlife. Especially with the management plan construction coming up, I think it would be a good thing to deal with now.
Use of the Forest
Public use of Saginaw Forest is encouraged. Rules for the public's use include (but are not limited to):
- No parking in front of the access gate.
- Public use hours are from 6am to 6pm only; no camping on the site!
- No vehicles or bicycles are permitted on the site except those for approved research and teaching use (bike parking available at the main gate).
- Dogs with owners are welcome to visit, but they must be on a leash. (Also see here.)
- Dog owners must carry out all pet waste; please bring your own doggie bag to do so.
- No cutting or collecting of plant material; no hunting or harming vertebrates (this includes no fishing).
- No smoking.