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<br />Bob Vaux, Assistant Director <br />August 30, 2021 <br /> <br />ACFL Maintenance Report AUGUST – 2021 by Steve Phillips <br />August 26, 2021 <br /> <br />Looking back at my iPhone photos that I took over the month of August, I see one from Saturday, <br />August 14 at 1:46pm of empty cliffs. I have a picture of a Northern Alligator Lizard from trail 204 on <br />August 13, and several from the same day of desiccated vegetation. <br />It’s been very dry and strangely lacking in visitors in the forest this month. Water in all the lakes is <br />noticeably low. <br />The Green Mile project (repainting the handrails at the four lookouts on Mount Erie) continues. To <br />date, only the small south-facing platform remains. Warm, sunny weather next week should permit <br />completion. <br />July 29 I was on a slow, methodical hike in search of a ground <br />nest for yellowjackets. It was a hot and very calm day, and I <br />noticed I could actually hear the peeling of Madrona bark that <br />day. It has been noticeable again several days since then. <br />August 4 I finally hung my traps (a few weeks late) to monitor <br />for Asian Giant Hornets. Just last week a nest was eradicated <br />in Blaine, about 2 miles from the nest located and eradicated <br />in 2020. A suspicious looking hornet, though dead, was found <br />near Marysville in June. Other than these, there have been no <br />other confirmed 2021 sightings, but drawing a line between <br />these two points puts us in range. So, it’s worth monitoring! I <br />check my two traps weekly. See for more info. <br />August 6 Taking advantage of cooler weather, Alli, Gabe, and I <br />began work on Trail 113. There is a section near Big Beaver <br />Pond that becomes squishy for months, and we think we can <br />improve it with addition of puncheon and a drainage culvert. <br />To date, that project is partially complete, still needing the culvert. We all had some time using the <br />power wheelbarrow, which is fun for about 25 seconds. But it is very helpful in moving material. <br />August 13 was seasonal worker Alli Schuh’s last day. Thank you Alli and happy trails! The same day I <br />noted an Air Quality Index reading of 122. We speculated that the smoky air that week may have <br />been the reason that we lacked visitors despite such warm weather (daytime highs in the upper 70s <br />– low 80s). <br />A persistent ground yellowjacket nest near the 17th street end of Trail 121 was eradicated after a <br />few spray attempts (8/6, 8/18) and a digout/spray. Gabe finally dug it out on 8/22 (without getting <br />stung), sprayed the combs, and declared victory. <br />August 15 I worked this Sunday and was happy to encounter tables with Friends of the Forest Trail <br />Ambassadors at Cranberry and Whistle Lakes. They told me that visitors appre ciated their presence <br />– if nothing else, to act as a deterrent to vehicle break-ins. But also they reported that they were <br />able to answer some questions about navigation and nature. Thanks FoF! <br />August 17 I joined two members of Rotary at Rotary Park/Cap Sante to flag a future trail corridor. <br />The flagging was preparatory work for an ecologist coming the next day to survey. It will be fun and <br />helpful to the community to define a formal trail here this fall. <br />August 18 I replaced two broken split rail fence posts at the Little Cranberry parking lot. One still <br />awaits, but I hope to get there soon.