Everything’s Chipper

During one of our Stewardship Saturdays events, we headed to Thompson Island to clear woody stuff (rose, bittersweet, spindle tree, etc) from the trail in towards the field. Having worked on this project a few weeks before, there was a pile of woody debris when we got to the work site. Not to far away was a massive wood chipper.

As we were discussing our roles for the day, one of the Project Leads, Bill said “if anyone has not used this before, I would encourage you trying it out”. I immediately took up this opportunity and began collecting the helmet, goggles, and ear plugs I would need.

The machine can be very intimidating at first. Its very loud, and can crush pretty much anything you throw into it. But Bill reassured me by showing all of the safety measures I should take before getting started. I was taught which…

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Boston NHP: Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill is usually closed for climbing up😮🍀your lucky day

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The Bunker Hill Monument is a 221 foot tall granite obelisk built to commemorate the bloody “Battle of Bunker Hill” that took place in 1775, the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War. The monument actually sits on top of Breed’s Hill, which is where most of the fighting really took place…history just got the name wrong somewhere along the line.  This is where the American commanders urged the troops, ‘Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.” I can remember my high school history teacher attempting to dramatically re-enact that moment during the unit on the revolutionary war in the hopes of capturing our imaginations (or interest.) Mr. Haugeto, I may have…

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Saugus Iron Works – Pest Management Continued

 

Installing fence for pest management

The history of the park is the that it was the first iron works of America, and it quickly began to help America become one of the leading steel making countries in the world. There is a blacksmiths area, when the park was operational still is used to make nails like blacksmiths working there would make and are used in the repairing of the buildings.

Before we began our project, we were given pictures of different locations in the park from the 50’s and had to find the location of where the picture was taken and see the difference in the landscape. The goal of our project was to continue and finish from the summer pest management, a fence to stop the geese from disturbing the order of the parks beautiful area by laying their waste. Which was well sought for by us because…

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Minute Man National Park – Creating an Orchard!

Great fall project

Our second project was on October 28 2017 at Parker’s Revenge Landscape Rehabilitation (Minute Man Park). In the battle of April 19, 1775, British soldiers marched past the orchards heading west to Concord. Beginning in the early 1800s, number of cider orchards decreased due to the temperance movement. When Minute Man National Historic Park was established in 1989, several remnant orchards remained within the battle road unit. In 2003-2004, the park replants the Hartwell Orchard. In 2017, the park collaborated with the Lincoln Minute Men to replant the Hartwell Orchard as the earlier planting was lost to deer and rodent damage.

Our goal for this project was to get up long term deer, rabbit, vole, and weed protection around newly planted apple trees. For this project, we worked with the technical expect, Margie Coffin Brown whose an integrated resource manager at the park, robotics team and also within ourselves. For…

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Charlestown Navy Yard

Go NPS!

Adrienne, Ardo, and Jeremiah getting the tree ready to be planted

This week, we worked at the Charlestown Navy Yard (CNY). During our week here we learned the importance of the park. The park during WWII was turning out new ships about every three months. Which the National Parks Service that should be preserved, the land area of the navy yard was diminished from when it was in working condition. The goal of our project was to help in the process of restoring the Commandant’s house garden to a welcoming place. Which we need to make sure we’re safe by wearing our personal protective equipment which consisted of safety glasses, gloves, long pants and our steel toe of safety toe boots.  Our tasks for the project consisted of planting a drift rose, a magnolia tree, pruning back some lilacs, and weeding the brick pathway up to the Commandant’s house. The…

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