Friday, March 24, 2017

Sawyer Camp Trail Update: Spring Weeds, Work, and Wildflowers

After all the welcome rain, it’s no surprise that weeds have returned to the watershed, and our crews are back too along the Sawyer Camp Trail. They’re taking out a new groundcover of freshly re-sprouted acacia seedlings, along with different invasive thistle species and poison hemlock. Though a small truck might at times be parked on a shoulder along the trail, community trail use will not be affected.  We'll be planting acorns--with healthy young native oak forests to follow—as soon as the ground is ready for them.  

So, if you go:  late March is a great time to watch for a seasonal highlight—the showy Indian Warrior currently dominating the oak woodland understory along the trail’s southern half.  A cousin to the popular red-orange Indian Paintbrush, this native wildflower seems to have a particular affinity for another oak woodland community regular—the manzanita—and will flourish at the base of the manzanita’s shiny reddish trunk.  It’s said that Indian Warrior was once used by Native Indian Warrior was used by some Native Americans as a muscle relaxer.     

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