Heavy work may be coming to Jarvis

We may be seeing some heavy equipment working inside the fenced area at the Sanctuary soon. I met with 2 of the District's plumbers today, to discuss fixing some of the "lawn hydrants" inside, so that we'll have a source of water for the trees that we'll be planting this summer in the northeast corner. It turns out that to either install new ones, or maybe to repair existing ones, they'll need to do some excavation with heavy equipment. And they'll also need to have the areas accessible for this equipment.

So we'll need to clear the large deadfall at the east end of the North Swale. One of the lawn hydrants they'll be looking at is in this swale, about 75 yards in from the fence. While this is a bit far from the northeast corner, it would be close enough to water the trees from. All we'd need is enough hose. I'm hoping that the excavation won't be needed, but there is the possibility that it will be.

It may be that we'll be installing a new lawn hydrant much closer to the east fence, near the east edge of the large pond, instead, or in addition. Of course, this would be more convenient to use to water the new tree and shrub planting in the northeast corner, which we'll have to do regularly for the next couple of years. That certainly would need to be excavated, but the exact location for that has yet to be determined.

They also brought up the fact that it would be a bad idea to plant the trees directly over the water lines. We'll have to make a determination of where the trees will be planted and then have them come out again to do a survey to make sure that those locations won't cause a problem.

We also discussed repairing the hydrant (and, more importantly, its associated valve) in the area at the west end of the Grotto. This is a perennially wet an area we've been discussing flooding for another pond, but we don't have control over how much water flows from the hydrant that's already there.

While this particular bit of work may not happen until late in the year (after the growing season), we'll also need to clear a very large deadfall directly to the east of that area. We were planning to do that last year, but weren't able to get it done early enough. We'll try to also do that soon.

We discussed adding a hydrant in the Barry Burton Grove area, which will be necessary for future plantings there. Other possibilities for the future would include somewhere in the southwest corner, but that's not something we'll need immediately, so it's not on the agenda for this year.

I'm hoping that the district foresters can saw these two deadfalls into manageable pieces so that we can remove them at the next workday. Obviously, the sooner this work is done, the lass damage will be done to the existing habitat.

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