Weekly update for 03-28-2011 to 03-31-11
The week began with team members getting dressed up in a variety of ways to bring in the Spring weather. The weather was not always cooperative, but some was removed using both herbicide (cut-stump treatment) and shovels.
On one rainy morning, the team had the chance to map the threatened Hexastylis naniflora, which involved searching for the plant along a riparian area that had been within the boundaries of a recent prescribed burn. Everyone was excited that they got a chance to see this awesome plant in bloom. Team members also went over some areas that had been foliar sprayed in earlier weeks and noted a lot of privet plants losing foliage, which is always exciting.
The week concluded with a visit from Mike Stefancic, SCA Native Plant Corps Program Coordinator. Mike had to opportunity to meet with each member individually and had fun working with the team members on some rainy day projects. On Thursday the team went to Spartanburg for a dinner at a local restaurant that served a world-famous cheeseburger; it was named the best cheeseburger in South Carolina by the Food Network. Mike also joined some members of the team for part of their foray to the Smoky Mountains on Friday. The hike meandered through forests and followed the famous wildflower trail.
After a great week of work and a fun weekend the team is excited for the next week of adventures!