Monday, November 28, 2016

Bad grass among the good grass

I began tackling a patch of cogon grass that I reported a couple of years ago but was apparently never treated.
I flagged the area so long ago that my original flag has faded from sunlight exposure.
Another flag at the former edge of the fire lane was recently mowed after a member in good standing of the Confederate Bushhog Operators Association.
The only plants that have died appear to have died of old age rather than herbicide.
The grass has been spreading slowly among the wiregrass and other native grasses, saw palmetto and sand pine.
The  walk into the cogon grass area began auspiciously.
A great purple hairstreak alit on a saw palmetto leaf. This was the first one I've seen here and one of the few I've seen in Polk. Despite the fact that its host plant is mistletoe, which is common, these butterflies are not that common.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Bushhogging, trashing and questions

The fire lane was recently widened for some reason, but the old fire lane was left partially unmowed for some reason.
The bushhogging exposed some additional trash, with which I filled my truck bed today.

I found the bushhogging had been more extensive than in the past, including some of the internal trails. Fortunately it occurred after the flowering season, so none of the endangered species were affected.

The mowing took out a good chunk of palmettos in the northwest corner, but fortunately missed a patch of Nolina brittonia that grows there that I didn't discover until a few years after I did the original plant survey.

What's a little mysterious is why a strip of tall grass was left in the middle of parts of the fire lane. seemingly defeating the purpose of the buffer.

I'll have to inquire with FWC to see what's planned.


Monday, October 31, 2016

Garberia begins blooming; tree trash remains

I took a walk to check on things this afternoon.
Most of the fall flowers such as Liatris and Balduinia are mostly past their prime. Carphephorous is still  coming in. Garberia is just beginning to bloom in scattered spots.
Lopsided Indian Grass has dropped most of its colorful seeds.
The  large pile of tree debris from the north fence line remains. No evidence the site has been visited by FWC.
I found one Chinese tallow tree along west fence line. I need to get out and clip it. The trunk is on the other side of the fence on CSX property.    

Monday, October 17, 2016

More dumping followup

I went out again this week and moved more of the dumped tree debris to the pile next to the fence.

I have heard nothing further from FWC about any enforcement or debris removal.

I also cut some tree limbs to reopen some paths in the north tract.

I plan to come in and gradually conduct some trash removal along the fire lanes. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Followup on dumping issue

Today I contacted FWC law enforcement staff about the dumping. I was told they will look into it.
I also got a response from Bill Parken,  Ridge Rangers coordinator,  acknowledging my report and passing it on to management staff.
They can take it from here. I've done my part.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fall Color Arrives

The arrival of fall here is a colorful event. The most noticeable  patches are the Balduinia and October Flower.

Some Liatris and Carphepherous are beginning to bloom.
Lopsided Indian Grass is blooming, too.
It's a great time to walk around and enjoy the season.  

Friday, October 7, 2016

Tree clearing and tree piles

If you want to get an idea of how much tree work occurred in the adjacent lot, compare this 2014 aerial of the lot with what  it looked like this week.
Blue line denotes adjacent lots boundary.
I spent some time yesterday hauling all of the tree limbs consisting primarily of Cherry Laurel and Brazilian Pepper from inside the wooded area south of the fire lane to a spot near the fence where some of the neighbor's tree removal occurred.
I plan to pursue this issue with FWC next week.  This is obviously criminal dumping.