Dear Preserve Stewards,
It hasn’t been too long since my last update, so there is not too too much to report, but here goes! First and foremost, I had a lovely Thanksgiving break with my wife’s family near Detroit, MI, and I hope that you all were well fed and well rested too! The week after Thanksgiving, seasonal employees Dave and Tyler attended a Chainsaw Training course all week (S-212, Wildland Fire Chain Saws) and I attended a CPR/First Aid/AED training course put on in-house by our very own Jackie Citriniti! A very safety oriented week for all! In addition to the training, I worked quite a bit on organization and winter clean-up of our field facility at 1219 Kings Road. I dealt with an entire pick-up trucks worth of recyclable metal and between Dave and Tyler’s work previously, and my work last week, we are now all cleaned up and ready for winter to hit! Finally, I met with Bob O’Brien, Invasive Species Control Field Director at Minnewaska State Park, to discuss invasives management in the Pine Bush going forward. It was a great opportunity to strengthen connections made previously at the 2011 Invasive Species In-Service (conference I told you about last week), and as a result of our meeting, I am likely going to do a site visit to Minnewaska later this summer to watch cutting edge bio control of the invasive plant Spotted Knapweed in action. That’s it for now, hope you all are well and are enjoying the wintery weather!
~Jesse Hoffman, Preserve Steward