Well, THAT was interesting! A massive storm cell passed over Saginaw Forest at about 6:00 pm today,
dumping a boatload of rain on the property and inundating the little creek...
...and causing erosion on the paths. It even raised the lake level about a foot!
Right now, the water is not far below the level of the footbridge...
...and is maybe a finger's breadth below the level of the dock.
SHEEESH! that was a lot of rain.
I'll be making rounds tomorrow morning to check whether there was more damage on the property, but right now all the land down near the lake is very squidgy. (Heh, my spell-checker apparently recognizes "squidgy" as a word.)
And the spring's just beginning...
On a positive note, the willows are starting to blossom - their feathery buds are just peeking through... so that's nice. The frogs are happy (although Prof. Berven's student assistants aren't too happy) in all that new standing water. And, happily, the cabin suffered no discernible problems.
Let's hope that the frogs eat up all the mosquito larvae...
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.