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<br />ACFL Maintenance Report SEPTEMBER – 2021 by Steve Phillips <br />SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 <br />At the end of August, signs of drought continued to express themselves in terms of low water levels <br />in the lakes. By mid-September, many Western red cedar growing in town, and on Fidalgo Island in <br />general, had begun to show “cedar flagging”. This is still visible. If you haven’t noticed, look for a <br />checkerboard pattern of brown on an otherwise green cedar. A normal phenomenon, this is the <br />result of the tree shedding its old leaves. The fresher leaves, near the tips of each branch, remain <br />green. This phenomenon seemed far more pronounced this year, probably because of the dry <br />summer. <br />When winds picked up on Friday the 17th, needles resembling drizzle were falling from the treetops. <br />The trails and roads in the Forest Lands took on a golden-brown hue. It rained that night, making <br />our assignments more clear for the work party on Saturday the 18th. We were able to patch sections <br />of Trail 215 where it goes through a low-lying area near the Ray Auld Drive parking area. The <br />combination of needles/rain left clear imprints where puddles had been. We had a terrific work <br />party, moving about 4 cubic yards of gravel by wheelbarrow and installing 7 turnpikes where the old <br />ones had settled into the muck and become ineffective. We also dug out a derelict culvert. I was so <br />impressed with the amount of work that 8 volunteers could accomplish in three hours. We were <br />joined by an exchange student from Indonesia and two Friends staffers – Beck; and Asa in a knee <br />brace no less. <br />Please hike 215 to enjoy dry feet in this section of trail, and thank the volunteers as you go. <br />Insert photo here… I’m sorry to say that I didn’t take a single photo that day, but I believe Beck did. <br />Earlier today, Parks was all-hands-on-deck in the ACFL. The team joined me in making the necessary <br />repair on Trail 10 where we all hiked for August’s FAB meeting. We installed a repair that will allow <br />the wetland to retain its high water level while still making the road passable in this location. Rather <br />than a culvert under the road surface, we installed what one could call a “rock burrito” – quarry <br />spalls enveloped in geotextile and capped with gravel. The result is an elevated road surface for <br />roughly a 25-foot section that will allow water to gently pass from one side to the other. <br /> <br /> <br />January 8, 2021