Trail Talk 42 November 28 2018

The featured trail this week is Redmond Tract which is a Huron County Managed forest area at  38521 Westfield Road, (It is not in the Huron County Hiking Guide.)  There are many intersecting logging roads through this open forest area, which make for easy hiking but can be a problem if you do not have a good sense of direction. It can take from 45 minutes to an hour to cover the main trails.  Hunting is allowed in the Tract. The white pine in the Redmond tract has been thinned to control the white pine blister rust, increase the growth of the best pines and promote hardwood development.

In November 2014 Huron County published a document “Forests For Our Future.” This covered 13 Huron County tracts totaling 1500 acres.  In the Appendix there is a summary of the plan which includes tree harvesting in these tracts.  Interpretive trails are planned for the Redmond and Robertson Tracts and to harvest the defective maples and dead ash trees in the Redmond tract this winter.

There is quite a bit of beaver activity on the Bayfield river near the back of our property.  They have taken down a few of our smaller aspens but our neighbor has lost quite a few larger ones.  According to Wikipedia (my favourite place to look up things) beaver prefer aspen and poplar but will also take birch, maple, willow, alder, black cherry, red oak, beech, ash and hornbeam, and occasionally pine and spruce, I have also seen where they cut down a cedar, so hardly any of our trees are safe. The longest beaver dam discovered was in Wood Buffalo Park at record length of 2790 foot (850m). Beaver need a water depth of at least 2 feet for their lodge, but in many cases the ponds are a lot deeper.

Moth at Bannockburn on Nov 18th

They are often a problem at River Bend either causing flooding at the bottom of the Black Hole road and/or the trail near the cottage.

One unusual sight on November 18th was to see two moths flying around despite a significant amount of snow on the ground on the Bannockburn trail. There are winter moths such as the linden looper but I could not identify the species in my photo.