Sunday, October 14, 2012

Conservation Corps Update: October 2nd-13th

Post contributed by Youth Outdoors Crew 1:
Girl Scouts collecting leaves around Lake Phalen
Youth Outdoors crew 1 (YO1) has been busy at Lake Phalen the past two weeks.  We have spent a fair amount of time removing invasive woody species, such as buckthorn, honeysuckle, and Siberian elm, along the lake shore.  In addition to that, we have helped the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District staff with some shoreline stabilization work.

A short distance from the east side of Lake Phalen, we started cutting invasive trees and shrubs along the Bruce Vento Regional Trail.  The invasive trees along the trail have been contributing to invasive saplings popping up along the shore, so we are trying to eliminate the seed bank.

Last Saturday, with the help of Youth Outdoors Crew 2, we led groups of girl scouts in raking leaves at Lake Phalen.  The groups we led concentrated on two cotton wood stands.  Because cotton wood leaves burn poorly and leaves in general can overload lakes with nutrients, it was important to get as many leaves as we could.  In one priority area alone, the volunteers filled close to 120 bags!