On the field trip to the Glacial Park Restoration Center, which was about 45 minutes away, all the AP Biology students hiked up and down some hills to reach the spot we were supposed to work. By spliting into two groups, we were able to get more work done in a shorter period of time. Half the entire Biology class, about 25 people spent the first few hours cutting and tearing down excess plants and trees, any invasive organisms that crowded the larger trees. We used saws and lopers to do so, with protective eyewear and gloves, of course. After moving the entire heep of crowding plants, twigs, and leaves to create a burn pile (which contributes to quickening the process of natural restoration), we switched with the other group down the hill. This activity involved the watering of newly tranferred trees, the planting of acorns, and the scattering of praire seeds. By planting and feeding different organisms, we helped speed up this ecosystem's restoration process. I believe that restoring ecology is very important, especially now that ecosystems seem to be more jeopardized due to the constant destroying of ecosystems to build cities and buildings and such. This trip was definately worth my time, and I hope that everyone who went felt the same way. Yes, restoring ecology is necessary in my opinion because without people's help, it would take years and years for it to happen naturally. The only downside to this is that it usually takes a while to see results. When you water a few small trees or plant a bunch of acorns, you shouldn't expect to see it grow ten feet right there. On the other hand, the results of our work by cutting down and ripping out all the weeds and brush were immediate. By the end of the day, you could see a tremendous difference between the crowded area which we started and when we finished. We might've only improved 1/20 of an acre out of 3500, but it still makes a difference.
|The transferred trees we watered, also where we scattered seeds|
|On the way up the hill|
|My classmates and I tearing down brush and trees|