It has been a long while since I last posted. Many apologies to any regular followers. Other work here always felt more pressing, and then eventually I just kind of forgot about the blog altogether.
It has been a very flowery spring.
Hikers have had the pleasure of passing bloodroot, spring beauty, wild geranium, solomon's seal, starry solomon's seal, wild columbine, galium, jack-in-the-pulpit, mayapple, dogwood, and cherries. Some less desirables are also putting out their blooms--the honeysuckle, dame's rocket, and garlic mustard. I pulled a fair bit of the mustard, but am well behind on the dame's rocket after a weekend up north. I'm hoping to make some progress on that over the next several days.
On a less happy note, someone stole the trash can yesterday.
I'll use that as a transition for reminding all of our visitors to engage in stewardship for this special place. Help us keep Saginaw Forest a pleasant place for all users.
- To protect other animals, people, and vegetation, ALWAYS keep your dog on a leash. Your dog is no more special than mine.
- Follow the posted signs--don't bicycle on the trails, fish, or hunt.
- Do not park at the gate.
- Do not use university equipment without explicit permission.
- Stay on trail.
- Do not pick wildflowers (unless they are invasive, pull that *&^% up.
If you would like to help out with invasive species removal on the property, you are absolutely welcome to take that next step and join in.
See you on the trails this weekend.