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Wes Strikes Back: The Return of the Chipper

Written on: April 16th, 2010 in Blackbird Creek ReserveStewardship

Our first activity of the work week: yep, that’s right, a boat trip down the St. Jones river all the way to Bowers Beach and back. The boat was in the capable hands of Wes Conley. Kate sat up front and taught us about the river erosion, the duck blinds, and other environmental issues facing the river and the reserve. The weather was beautiful and sunny – it was a great day for a boat ride.

AmeriCorps NCCC team out on the St Jones!

Tuesday, we drove north to Blackbird and planted 40 trees behind the office building and created a brick-lined garden with Wes & Jim.

Wednesday was another big project as we returned to the Blackbird campground in order to chip up a ton of trees that fell from the snow this winter. Matt and John started salivating at the sight of the chipper and its gigantic rotating jaws. By nightfall, about 5 or 6 truckloads of mulch had been removed.

AmeriCorps NCCC planting trees at the Blackbird Creek Reserve

Thursday the team split up – half of us stayed at the Reserve and the rest of the team traveled to Blackbird. Those up north cleaned up a pile of leftover junk from the campground (that included barbed wire, sinks, an old coke machine, pieces of steel, etc. – over 1 ton of junk!) while the rest of the team spread the previous day’s mulch at the St. Jones reserve.

AmeriCorps NCCC Team cleaning up a junk pile at the Reserve

And then, before we knew it – SPRING BREAK!

-Wolf 3, AmeriCorps NCCC

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