Construction work is for the most part complete – now moving on with the remaining restoration tasks- Sept 3 to 10

With the exception of our committed TNC volunteers, providing the usual maintenance and stewardship tasks, last week has been quiet at the TNC.

The seeded areas are starting to show some green sprouts, we have a bunch of different birds dropping by to rest and eat before heading south, and once again there is the beautiful and youthful screams of the Thurston students frolicking on the school playgrounds.

For the most part the construction tasks associated with the restoration effort of the pond are complete. The work to improve the conditions of the berm and outlet channel is done. We have managed to remove the permitted amount of sediment (approx.1150 cu. yds.), and provide a deep water habitat for future fish. While we were not able to raise the old nesting island we have created a new one.

We have to finish (within the next 2 weeks) spreading and grading the sediment that has been deposited on the school playground and the OHAC access site. Both areas will be seeded appropriately and restored accordingly.

There are also plans to provide a fence and secure the outlet channel area – specifically the sediment forebay. We are working on the final design and budget, and hope to complete this task within the next month.

So…..we are now ready to move on to planning and executing the next two chapters of this project – –  re-vitalize a diverse and abundant community of desirable native plants and animal species. Tonight (at the TNCC meeting) we will be discussing and sharing some ideas and strategies as to how to proceed in reaching the various objectives and goals associated with each of these challenges. Hope many of you can join!

In the meantime we share the following and commit to staying in touch…..

If you have any questions or suggestions as to how to improve our efforts to communicate our progress please feel free to contact me at frank@thurstonnaturecenter.org

Together as one community….we are trying

Together as one community….we are trying

Pond is still dry - - the gate keeper is keeping the outlet valves open until we complete more restoration tasks

Pond is still dry – – the gate keeper is keeping the outlet valves open until we complete more restoration tasks

Positive effects of the chemical treatments can be seen – dying phragmites and non-native cattails

Positive effects of the chemical treatments can be seen – dying phragmites and non-native cattails

Visitors eating those yummy oats…

Visitors eating those yummy oats…

With a little help from Professor Wooten – this big guy is getting some help moving to the northeast side (reservoir) of the pond

With a little help from Professor Wooten – this big guy is getting some help moving to the northeast side (reservoir) of the pond

Someone is not smiling???

Someone is not smiling???

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