On Wednesday at glacial park we spent most of the day clearing out invasive species in an area, and planting seeds and watering trees in a different area. Although the clearing out gave more of an initial feeling of gratitude and a better visual of what we were doing, planting and watering also gave a benefit to the area, even if we couldn't see it. Restoration ecology is something everyone should be involved in, to help the environment they are destroying. There isn't a downside to restoration ecology except for the manual labor you have to put into it. It is definitely worthwhile because in years to come the earth is going to be in a worse ecological state because humans have spent hundreds of years destroying what is naturally around them, and shouldn't we fix what we destroyed? I think so
After we got a lot of chopping and removing done, you can see the difference and see more through the area where we were attempting to get it back to its original state.
I found going to Glacial Park fun and exciting. I learned a lot about the importance of restoration ecology and how much work goes into it. Once i started getting deeper into the brush, it was great helping each other and using teamwork to clear everything. Afterwards, seeing the changes we had made was instantly gratifying. One could see how much clearer the area looked. Doing this was my favorite part of the trip. However, I still did enjoy watering the small trees and planting acorns. It was a nice break from all the physical activity and I still felt the difference I was making. I liked the hands-on experience of the trip and the real world application of biology. I thought it was a worthwhile investment of our time to be there and that we had some effect on the ecosystem.
Lab partner planting an acorn
Me and my classmates clearing honeysuckle and buckthorn
we cut this down
This is what the area looked like when we were done. It was all cleared out. I do think that the restoration ecology is worthwhile, because It helps the environment by letting all the natural species come back. It takes a lot of work, but I enjoyed the immediate satisfaction of seeing the work I did. Other benefits are that it provides new habitats for animals that have fled to other areas, like the coyote and the badger. In addition to clearing out the brush, we also planted acorns. This also helps by providing habitats for things
like birds and squirrels. I don't that there is and downside to restoration ecology. I'm glad that we got to go out there and participate and see what good it can do.
When we first arrived I was amazed by how much land was at the facility and how beautiful it all was. At that point I was excited to help out with restoration of the land. When we got to the clearing of invasive species station, I didn't realize how much of the plant life was an invasive species.
Here is me sawing down a tree (behind the giant one). Some of the invasive species we cleared included honeysuckle and buckthorn. After we cleared brush, we moved to plant acorns to help restore the natural trees.
Here's me planting an acorn
I believe restoration ecology is am important part of the quest to save the ecosystem because it helps restore the natural habitat, which will and is leading to native animals coming back, such as badgers. I feel like the long process is worth it in the end to see the forest look like it did before European intervention. And hopefully the work will not be ruined by invasive species coming back.