Hi Y’all,

Looks like we are finally going to get this party started!

On Thursday, Feb. 4th, Dave Haight, Clayton, and Zack, all from ODFW, and I moved approx. 500 trees up to our project site at Lost Creek. Len Vaglia and Chad Stuart even came up once to help us unload. Chad Stuart is the new Natural Resources Manager at Lost Creek. As per our original schedule, we will be working on the trees on Saturday, Feb. 13th.

Unfortunately, we were unable to pre-drill any trees, so we will revert to our next-best-case scenario, which is having a drill crew go up to the site an hour early to drill trees, then have the “stringing” crew arrive to begin the more strenuous exercise. So we are looking for 4-5 drills, with generators, to go up to the site around 8:30 AM. The drill crew needs to sign in around 8:00 AM at the MacGregor Visitors Center, sign new Corps of Engineers volunteer forms for 2010, get coffee & doughnuts, listen to the required safety and cooperation speech, then move up to the site. The stringing crew needs to be signing in around 9:00 AM, doing the same duties, then moving up around 9:30 AM.

We will be having hot dogs and hamburgers courtesy of the US Army Corps of Engineers immediately after we complete the trees; served up by our lovely ladies Ginny Plue and Debbie (my better half) Johnson.  Don’t forget to wish Len Vaglia a happy retirement on Saturday, as Feb. 26th is his last day at Lost Creek. Don’t expect to lose contact, however. Len wants to be a part of our habitat and enhancement family for a long time to come. He expects to catch his first ever bass at Hyatt, during our transfers this year. Len has been an important part of our work at Lost Creek over the past several years, and his “can do” attitude, and cheerful, helpful demeanor has been greatly appreciated.

As you can tell, we are stringing fewer trees this year, as opposed to the 800 trees we did last year. That is because of our new project of “spider blocks”. We will be building the blocks at the Corps of Engineers yard at Lost Creek on Feb. 27th, then leaving them to cure until March 20th, when we are scheduling to place them on the lake bottom. Len Vaglia has identified the flats areas, very near the Christmas tree rows, where the blocks will be placed. This is a pilot program of up to 30 blocks. We must also check on the condition and possible movement of the blocks over the next year.

If anyone needs transportation or information, e-mail me, call me, holler at me, text me, or just say howdy at the lake.

So, as they say Down South…. Laissez les bon temps rouler (Let the good times roll)

See you at the Visitors Center on Saturday morning!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 February 2010 05:17 )