Observation made on 8/22 by Veronica

  • I used iNat to record invasives. We observed
    Chinaberry (abundant in the first part of the trail)
    Tree privet (present throughout the first half of the trail before it loops back to the trailhead. Most of the individuals we spotted had signs of girdling but they looked healthy).
    Quihoui privet
    Heavenly bamboo
    Chinese pistache,
    Johnsongrass (mostly at the banks of the creek)
    Lantana (one individual, not sure if it is considered invasive)

  • Jim used an app to record the coordinates of the invasive species and create a map.
  • There may be an opportunity for tree seedling planting after invasives are removed.
  • The trail has mostly a closed canopy except for the meadow area. In the areas where we had access to the creek, we observed an open canopy.
  • We did not observe erosion problems next to the creek or lack of vegetation, but I do not have an expert eye for it. Input for city Biologist may be needed.
  • In the meadow, I did not see any wildflowers flowering at this time. I did see wildflowers already in the seed stage and grasses. There may be an opportunity for native seeding (species that flower later in the summer such as native members of the Asteraceae family).
  • We checked some of the quadrats with milkweed but did not see milkweed growing. Planted too late in the season? Not enough watering?
  • The signage along the trail will need to be replaced. Pictures and text have faded.

Posted by avgodoy avgodoy, August 02, 2021 17:30


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