Vista Clearing and Vegetation Removal on Peddocks Island

DSC_0016Diego, Theresa, Corina, and Jack preparing to climb trees

Hard to imagine we just completed project 5/6! For this weeks project we were working on Peddocks Island, part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. Peddocks Island has been home to various populations including the Native Americans, the military, and now most recently visitors to enjoy camping and water sports.

Branching Out has been returning to this site each summer to continue opening up the viewshed along Officer’s Row and our project this week was continue removing low lying vegetation from the hillside and prune the understory of trees to create a viewshed. Our work helps the park in the continuing effort to revitalize the island for future visitors and campers to enjoy the view of the surrounding harbor islands and Hull bay.



View from Officer’s Row



Camping area 

DSC00318Starting to see through!


Our technical expert, Jamie McGuane, Arborist, taught us how to climb trees using ropes and harnesses. We climbed the trees to reach limbs that were blocking the view and to remove vines that were overtaking the tree canopy. Tree climbing was the highlight of this project because it was a new experience for most of our team!


Jamie teaching us how to properly prune tree limbs


Jack climbing


Xiaoyan removing limbs from the work area


Corina pruning tree limbs


Boat ride back to the Charlestown Navy Yard

Check back next week for an update on our final project at Saugus Ironworks National Historic Site!


7 responses to “Vista Clearing and Vegetation Removal on Peddocks Island

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  2. Wow, great work! The photos illustrate how the views and vistas are so much improved as a result of your accomplishments. This will enhance visitors’ experiences and support park interpretive programs…nice job!

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