In honor of National Invasive Species Awareness Week, the Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) would like to announce additional Volunteer Stewardship Sessions at the Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve in Princeton, NJ. Volunteers will work under the guidance of our Natural Resource Manager, Anna Corichi, to identify and remove invasive plants from our Woodlands and Lake Shore. Following removal efforts, we will plant these areas with native species. Volunteer stewards will walk away with plant ID and management skills that can be used at their own homes! Email Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
This summer, the FOPOS Trail Crew has been hard at work restoring and repairing the trails at Woodfield Reservation. Last year, the crew cleared several thousand feet of trails to make it walk-able. This year’s project has been constructing boardwalks over swampy and wet trails. Thus far, in June and July, the team had 9 workdays with a total of 14 volunteers resulting in 162 work hours, 360 feet of constructed boardwalks and 130 feet of relocated trails.
If you are interested in helping our volunteer crew for the remainder of the summer, and into the fall, please email us at email@example.com.
On April 7,2017, TIAA Financial Services of Princeton, NJ participated in EarthShare's Corporate Green Challenge. A large group of volunteers came out to the Mountain Lakes Preserve to assist in the construction of a deer fence. The area was previously clear-cut in order to stage equipment for the restoration of the Mountain Lakes dam. After the restoration was completed in 2012, the area was planted with native trees and shrubs. A deer fence was installed to prevent harsh deer browse on the newly planted natives. After many years, the fence was in need of replacement. That is where TIAA came in.
It was an interesting change from what has become a frequent pastime of building boardwalks everywhere. A hardcore group of volunteers including Chris Coucill, Van Williams, Richard Meyer, Bob Shull, Clark Lennon and Ted Thomas finally got to work on a bridge at Roger's Refuge, which had slipped its footings and floated away.
Fortunately, it was also able to float back, with a little urging. After quite a bit of dragging, prying, lifting and flipping, it was back in place and ready to face the next flood. During the project, the group suffered 3 casualties: Clark, Van and Bob (pictured), in that order, slipped on a very slippery slope, and later had to be helped to their feet.
In a massive logistics operation reminiscent of D-Day, the FOPOS trail crew recruited a small army and provided it with the necessary equipment (work gloves, water, bug spray) in order to move the vast quantity of materials needed for building infrastructure uphill and into position for the coming Woodfield Campaign. The temperature was around 95 degrees, the army was primarily 9th grade girls (9) and boys (3) from PDS.
The materials were 80 2x10x8 foot planks and 120 4x4x2 foot cross ties needed for the planned construction of 320 feet of new boardwalk to accompany the 220 feet installed last summer. Although this project was not officially part of the work covered by last year's ANJEC grant, we were persuaded by this year's floods that many more feet of boardwalk were needed.
Hitching a ride and taking a break.