John Donne, an English poet, once said, “No man is an island,” implying that we are all influenced by those around us. In a similar way Duck Creek and the surrounding landscape affect each other. As these posts have described briefly, we’ve changed and will continue to change the vegetation, water and land and how they interact with each other. No doubt, these changes have had direct and indirect effects on the resident and migratory wildlife that use Duck Creek and the surrounding land.
Trying to provide a variety of habitats and opportunities for public use on a piece of ground is a balancing act of various trade-offs. As in the opening series of these posts, Pool 1 is a striking example. Almost 60 years ago we knowingly traded the trees for guaranteed water. Differences from one point in time to another are easy to see, but identifying contributing factors are typically more than meets the eye at first glance. The complexity and implications of landscape changes, societal changes, weather variability and wildlife response that influence Duck Creek and the surrounding land make my head hurt. Hopefully, you’ll fare better than I.
Anyway, as we manage Duck Creek and renovate certain sections within our boundaries, we are trying to make our heads hurt so that we can do a better job of putting the puzzle pieces together so that we can manage the resources and provide you with an opportunity to enjoy them today and down the road. In the end, understanding how the landscape has changed will help guide our expectations, take advantage of opportunities and manage in a way that Duck Creek and the surrounding area will benefit for years to come.
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