October 2012 Work Day at Beiser Field Station

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On a beautiful, warm fall day, a group of 3 students, 2 faculty members and one dog spent the afternoon of October 14th, 2012, at the Barbara A. Beiser Field Station.  Volunteer work days occur several times each semester and are gradually improving access and helping to control invasive species at the station, located 7 miles east of Marietta along the Little Muskingum River.  The work done on this day included invasive species control and trail clearing to the Hilltop Trail.  The team cleared the Homestead trail from beginning to end, then worked their way up 100 meters (300 feet) to the top of the station as they cleared the Hilltop Trail all the way to Ralph's Roost. Numerous trees are down as a result of the June derecho that came through southern Ohio, but the group was able to clear the trail and make it hikeable.  Earlier work days have included blazing, marking and clearing trails, picking up trash, planting trees (hundreds of paw-paw, American chestnut, sycamore, cottonwood and other trees have been planted), doing road repairs, and controlling invasive garlic mustard, multiflora rose and Japanese Honeysuckle.

After the trail clearing the team headed to the adjacent Hidden Hills Orchard run by our friends Tom and Cathy Burch for some cold apple cider.  The first part of the station's access road runs through the Burch's property and Tom has mowed the road for us as well as taken care of some maintenence issues.



Above: The October 14th, 2012 work crew at Ralph's Roost.

Above: Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus) found under the snake tins at the station.