Trailblazers make small, but noticeable dent in honeysuckle infestation on East Silt Pond Trail

Story by Mike Cooper, photos by Ernie Block; photo captions by Leanna Walters

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Dana Despain battles the demon. By Ernie Block

For five hours on a misty Saturday (March 25), 28 hard-working, fun-loving TrailBlazers cut and hauled eighteen big trailer-loads of the ubiquitous , invasive, Asian Bush Honeysuckle.
Trail #5 circles the East (Stables) Silt Pond. It has become overgrown with that culprit. Native undergrowth plants have been crowded out, depriving  the birdlife that needs them. Large groves of the honeysuckle  obstructing scenic viewpoints were removed. Much remains to be done; but a giant step has been taken in the enhancement of our environment.
Commendations to our work crew: John and Larie Nelson, Mike Michaelis, Ernie Block, Phil and Barb McAnany and sons, Bruce Braun, Leona and Mark Young, Leanna and Dave Walters, Mike and Kendall Cooper, Leo and Dana DeSpain, Carolyn Boyd, Joe and Lisa Walsh, Jim Wright, Mary Beth Blake, David McCullagh and son, Jack, Leon Rieke, James Jorns, Tray Vedock.

Bush Honeysuckle can reach monstrous proportions. By Ernie Block
Bush Honeysuckle can reach monstrous proportions. By Ernie Block
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Stacking the downed branches on the trailer as it moved down the trail resembled the parting of the Red Sea. By Ernie Block

 

Gleaners cleaning up after the initial “harvest.” By Ernie Block
Gleaners cleaning up after the initial “harvest.” By Ernie Block
By early afternoon, eighteen trailers of bush honeysuckle,  chopped low to the ground, had been transported to a  holding area to be burned. By Ernie Block
By early afternoon, eighteen trailers of bush honeysuckle,
chopped low to the ground, had been transported to a
holding area to be burned. By Ernie Block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trail improvements--included this unobstructed view of the settling pond--are brought to you courtesy of the Trailblazers, sponsored by the Natural Resources Committee, headed up by Mike Cooper. Photo by Ernie Block
The trail improvements–included this unobstructed view of the settling pond–are brought to you courtesy of the Trailblazers, sponsored by the Natural Resources Committee, headed up by Mike Cooper. Photo by Ernie Block