Clearing the Decks

Over the past couple of months, several members of The Erie Canal Neighbors Association have been working very hard on the next stage of the Oxbow cleanup.

The project has slowed up considerably, mainly because of the winter weather, but our thrust has been to remove unwanted vegetation such as dead trees branches, and brush like honeysuckle. We’ve concentrated on opening up areas to make it easier to mow and keep tidy, and to ensure the area is in compliance with NYDEC regulations regarding regulated, illegal, invasive species. These include honeysuckle, bittersweet vine, wild grape and poison ivy.

A number of small saplings have been removed to allow the more established trees to flourish without being crowded out and to let the mower work faster.

Hopefully, in the spring, we’ll be able to save a few railroad ties that are in the stream bed, and make steps to go around the culvert.

Here’s a couple of volunteers, the one with white hair is our ‘branch manager’.

There are several large piles of brush now that will remain along the path until the brush removal project is completed in the spring. Hopefully the Canal Corp will bring a wood chipper in one final time to remove all these piles. We will use this to mulch several areas.

Daffodils have already been planted and hopefully we should get a showing of these in the spring.

The object of the project is as follows.

1. To remove all invasive species of vegetation as described by the NYDEC Leaflet.

2. Thinning of saplings to give established trees room to flourish.

3. Rototilling & planting of bulbs and flower seeds.

4. Mulching certain areas.

5. Mowing of Ragweed areas.

6. Install Bat houses and duck nests later in the year.

7. Make steps around the culvert more stable by cutting railroad ties to make the steps.

Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

One thought on “Clearing the Decks”

  1. Thanks for the update, Mike! Glad that I’m reading this from my lanai in Florida!
    I have a nice sized batch of Forget-Me-Knot seeds that I will scatter around The Oxbow when the warmer weather returns!
    Enjoy the snowstorm this weekend!!


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