It’s been three weeks since I first saw the new Quarry Park. I was surprised at the amount of land that was cleared in the initial phase of the stables/quarry park project. I had imagined that the path leading into the quarry would be smoothed out, some log piles and brush piles might be cleared, and a picnic table might be placed near the quarry pond. I had no idea of the actual scope of the project. One thing that jumped out at me was the clearing of the little wetland area. Every fall, that particular area was a riot of colorful native plants and wildflowers that thrived in the wet thicket…it was a butterfly, bird, and bee magnet. It may not have been obvious that the flowers grew there, since it was only April when the land was cleared, but by autumn it would have been one of the prettiest wildflower spots. The photo above was taken in that area in September 2016. The first two photos below are of that spot in September of 2012 and 2017. The last photo is of that spot three weeks ago. The area was totally cleared of the native plants/wildflowers that grew there naturally in the wet environment. The plan is to take measures to dry out the naturally wet area, bring in compost or soil, and plant native plants/wildflowers.
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