This week we worked on Peddocks Island. The Island was used as a military base in World War I and World War II. This week, we worked on vista clearing and repairing the staircase to make it safer for people to walk up and down. peddocks Island is mostly used for recreation and our main goal was to enhance visitors’ experience.
We cleared trees so when the people come on the island, they can enjoy the view and feel of the ocean. We climbed trees to complete this task by using tools such as; hand saws, loppers, wood chipper, and pruners. We also learned how to cut down trees by using the bypass cut and the face cut. The bypass cut is when you cut half way through the front of the tree, and half way through the back. and you just tip the tree over. The face cut is when you make a pacman mouth on the side of the tree its going to fall, and cut it through the back.
When we worked on the staircase project, we first identified which stairs needed repairing. Then we created forms that served as barriers for the cement. We mixed the cement by adding water to a concrete mix, stirring it with a hoe, then poured it into the form to repair that step. Other tools we used were; margin trouel, shovels, and brushes to clean the step.
Our project helped improved people’s experience. This park is used for recreation so many people come here to enjoy. The stairs provided a short cut to the campsite and the vista clearing allows people to enjoy the view of the island.
We learned from the education session h0w to identify trees using a handbook. We also learned how to identify invasive plants such as shrubs, weeds, and The Norway Maple Tree. This fit in with the work project because when it was time to work in the vista clearing. we had to take out those certain invasive plants.
The technical experts for these projects were; Lisa, Deni, Jamie, and Joe. Lisa helped facilitate the stairs poject, Deni works for DCR at the island and helped with the wood chipper. which helped in making our jobs a lot easier. Joe and Jamie both worked on the vista clearing, particularly the tree climbing.
As a whole, we enjoyed this week at Peddocks Island. The camping trip was overall enjoyable, it was a new experience for some of the field team members. Foshoo!
Photos from camping and recreation day!