Our Last Project at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

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Hard to believe we have completed our last project for the summer.. this summer went by so fast! For our last project week our team headed to Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site.

 

Saugus Iron Works NHS is considered to be the birthplace of the iron and steel industry during the Colonial Era, where wrought iron and cast iron products were produced. This was an important part of history when the United States was just beginning to develop.

The National Park Service preserves and protects both it’s natural and cultural resources and our team’s first project that week was to help the park identify a variety of ways slope areas throughout the park could maintain the vegetation.

Our second project at the park was to assist Susannah Corona, Resource Management Technician, in removing invasive plants such as oriental bittersweet, purple loosestrife, and multiflora rose from the nature trail and wetlands area. We also installed water bars to eliminate erosion on the trail.

IMG_3948Our technical expert, Susannah Corona

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Wetlands area of the park

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The final project for the week we learned how to prune fruit trees and shurbs by Jamie McGuane, Arborist with the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. These trees were showing signs of stress after a new ramp was built close to where they were growing.

The highlight of the week for our group was hear from Anna de Cordova, Horticulturalist at Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site,  who introduced our group to ways that her park manages mowing sloped areas. Some of the recommendations she provided were using a remote controlled mower or goats. By using these methods it would help the park to maintain the vegetation on the slopes in a safe manner.

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Removing invasive species from the slope

The only challenge to this week was working through the cold rain and overall we enjoyed working at Saugus!     IMG956824
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