02 de outubro de 2020

Teaneck Creek Conservancy (TCC) volunteering updates -- part one, 02-10-2020

Welcome everyone!

For the original Forum post, see here.

Thank you for your interest. I can promise to post highly irregularly, but if I have an active audience ;) I'll try to be more consistent about updating you all.
I also welcome any advice you have to give.

I wasn't able to do the water monitoring today because the shed was locked and we haven't picked a new spot for the key. Focused on weeding.

Although several voices were skeptical about our ability to successfully excise invasives, I've always been a little overly ambitious so I'm going to do the best I can!
I also recall some people saying that cutting the R. japonica plants wasn't really necessary, but I find it cathartic and good exercise.

Today I worked mostly on Ampelopsis glandulosa. Unfortunately most of it has already set fruit, but I figure its removal from areas where native species are still present will gives the natives a little extra breathing room.
Because nothing good in life is allowed to be easy, there was also some Vitis mixed in which slowed me down considerably. A. glandulosa is notorious, but I didn't find Vitis anywhere on a NJ invasive species list so I had to leave it. I can easily tell apart larger or fruiting plants, but I still have to work on distinguishing young tendrils.

I've been sticking to drier areas so far, but a lot of the area is wetland. I don't mind wading through thigh-high muddy water. But it means getting my boots and pants soaked and covered in mud.
I suppose I can let the pants dry out and just wear them repeatedly until they're properly filthy. I only have three good pairs right now, though, and none of them are really durable enough for long term regular fieldwork. Might want to get more.
The boots are another issue. They look roughly like this. They're great for dry areas (such as 95%+ of Israel), but the mesh on the sides lets in water after a little while. I'd prefer my feet stay dry if such a thing is even possible.

Anyone have ideas or advice? I have the budget for getting some new kit, as I consider it a long term investment.

Not sure what else to say. Questions welcome!

For the next post, see here.

I'm only a volunteer, nothing I say should be construed as an official statement. Everything is my personal opinion.

Posted on 02 de outubro de 2020, 05:58 PM by astra_the_dragon astra_the_dragon | 2 observações | 9 comentários | Deixar um comentário