|LOOKING WEST AT PRESENT...|
|THE CONCEPTUAL PLAN|
Wednesday, 7:45 AM. 69 degrees, wind WNW, calm. The sky is darkly overcast and the barometer predicts rain. I would be pleased if it did.
Yesterday at 12:30 PM we saw a yearling bear, probably about 150 pounds, dart across Hwy 13 just south of town. He was in a hurry, but I doubt he was being hunted, as it was almost within the city limits. Later we had a few showers, just enough to show that the barometer has been working.
I met yesterday morning with Rex and Peg, volunteers for The Bayfield Regional Conservancy who head the committee to landscape the newly relocated east entrance to the heavily used Brownstone Trail, which is managed by the Conservancy. It is a beautiful trail, which traverses a lot of otherwise private property right along the lake shore. It is quite scenic, wending its way along brownstone cliffs and ridges. I have been hired to create the plan, which will be comprised of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses. It is at present really a bare canvass, and gives me the opportunity to put a lot of my personal and business resources to work to produce an ecologically sound, esthetically pleasing and economically feasible project.
The woody components will be red oak, white pine, white cedar and blueberries, the grasses big and little bluestem and Indiangrass, the wildflowers a representative mix of prairie and meadow species. The plant list is subject to some change and expansion in the final plan.
The photos and plan are perhaps of little or no interest except to Bayfield residents and visitors who use the trail, but they are evidence that I still put my boots on every morning and go to work (sort of).