Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The creek campers piled into the van and headed to Greendale Cemetery again, but this time we weren't looking for owls. Our subjects were much easier to spot, if we can get to them. We were looking for trees. The state forester lead us down a narrow trail to the stream that ran through the ravine behind Greendale Cemetery. The cemetery consists of 300 acres, but only about 100 are managed for the cemetery. After passing over some slippery and muddy rocks we came to our first tree, a White Ash. Next we came to a large Sycamore, the largest in Crawford County. We followed the stream up the ravine and throughout hiking up and down a few slippery hillsides we observed many different trees. Some of the species included: Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, Sugar Maple, Hemlock, White Pine, Tulip Poplar, Cucumber Magnolia, and American Beech. We learned a lot about these trees and threats to them like invasive species such as the Emerald Ash Borer.