Rain greeted Saginaw Forest on the 2010 Autumnal Equinox. A large storm pealed out thunder at some time around 4 in the morning, and it continued to rain (on-and-off) until I fitfully got out of bed a couple hours later, when I (thought) I heard trucks pull in next to the cabin to make the turn-around to go back up the road to the new drilling site for the at-bedrock groundwater observation well.
By around 8AM, I could hear, filtering through the trees, the rig pounding in the soil sampler and the sound of the diesel engines. Heavy machinery in the forest, searching for a legacy of contamination within a landscape historicized by processes driven by agriculture, forestry, industry, and suburbanization. Saginaw Forest isn't a "wilderness forest" but is a place that - while containing aspects of the "natural" - has been firmly (and undoubtedly) bestowed a human legacy, and continues to be shaped (directly and indirectly) by human hands.
Okay. That's enough philosophizing and pontificating for today; the date of an even amount of light and dark.
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.