This week in pictures

Living in a real house (as opposed to living in a screened porch on a pavilion on a small island) means I actually have internet access every day of the week and I’ve been meaning to take advantage of this by posting more photographs. Unfortunately, the nature of the work I’ve been doing for the past few months has really discouraged me from taking my camera out with me. So — despite being ‘able’ to post more pictures — I haven’t actually taken many pictures worth posting.

I think I can manage posting a couple decent shots per week though. Realistically, most of what I’m doing doesn’t make for astounding photography, but I think I get enough exploring done to make for some interesting posts.

This week we split our time between four different projects. We worked in Nickerson State Park, repairing washed out fire roads, on Wing Island in Brewster, in a ex-cranberry bog being maintained by a local conservation organization, and at the town of Brewster’s shellfish grant.

The mission on Wing Island hasn’t changed, we’re still mowing down acres of brush to prep the area for a prescribed burn next spring/summer. At last check the total area we’ve treated in the last two months (working maybe one day a week on average) is approaching six acres. There’s still a ton to mow, but we’re making progress.

Wing Island is only an island at high tide. Luckily, we're prepared to make the trip out to the project area even when the moon isn't cooperating.

Wing Island is only an island at high tide. Luckily, we’re prepared to make the trip out to the project area even when the moon isn’t cooperating.

At this point, we're all fairly eager to be finished on Wing. It seems like we've been working there forever and we're looking forward to the promised payoff.

At this point, we’re all fairly eager to be finished on Wing. It seems like we’ve been working there forever and we’re looking forward to the promised payoff.

Although I’ve been living on Cape Cod for the past three months (or something like that) this week was the first time I’ve visited Nickerson State Park. The park itself is enormous, and is cris-crossed with fire roads to allow local fire departments to move engines and other resources easily to the site of any fire-event. We worked to help keep those fire-roads in decent shape by repairing a pair of washed out sections and replacing a damaged water bar.

I'm looking forward to coming back here once its warm out again. This weather and I don't really get along.

I’m looking forward to coming back here once its warm out again. This weather and I don’t really get along.

Finally, we spent the early part of this week helping to remove pines from a recently retired cranberry bog near Brewster. While the organization that is maintaining the bog hasn’t decided on what community they plan on promoting there yet, they know that Pitch Pine isn’t a species they’re concerned with fostering.

Unfortunately, some of the larger pines were too big to remove using brush cutters.

Unfortunately, some of the larger pines were too big to remove using brush cutters.

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Posted on December 15, 2012, in Americorps Cape Cod and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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