If you’ve being keeping up with the Duck Creek blog, we’ve mentioned flooding Pool 8 in November a couple of times. The decision to flood has been delayed, and we wanted to pass this along to keep you informed.
The staff at Mingo NWR have been monitoring the young red oak regeneration over the past few weeks across the refuge and in Pool 8. The larger trees have mostly gone dormant now; however, the 1- and 2-year-old cohorts remain actively growing. If you haven't read our earlier post "Flash In The Pin," take a moment to read it.
Mingo NWR has decided to delay impounding water in Pool 8 until these small trees begin to show signs of dormancy. Flooding these trees would not kill them outright but would prematurely shut down the transfer of nutrients to their roots and subject them to a highly stressed state next spring. Mingo will shortly be providing a more thorough update on its Facebook page, and we will post it on the blog when it is online.