Over the past few months we’ve laid out our plans, checked workloads, and set our goals. Weather permitting, we will put boots on the ground and continue with the wetland renovation at Duck Creek this summer. A couple of these projects still have a few procedural hurdles to navigate through such as Commission approval and the bid process, but other jobs can move forward and keep us plenty busy in the meantime. The good news is, that for the first time in a couple years, I don’t foresee the summer work hindering the number of waterfowl hunting positions we will be able to provide this fall in Units A and B or Pools 2 and 3.
With the good news out of the way, here are the nitty-gritty details.
We have some minimal dirt work in Units A and B this year. This involves some work that couldn’t be a part of the original contract. Additionally, there a few fixes and some tweaks that will be made since we’ve had a year to see how the new wetland design operates. Overall, these changes won’t be apparent to the average observer, but will benefit the overall function and maintenance of the area.
Later in the summer, we will be doing renovation work up at the Greenbriar Unit. This will be similar to what we’ve done in Units A and B by taking advantage of existing topography, restoring sloughs, and removing obstructions to sheetflow. Unlike Units A and B this area will still rely only on precipitation and the Castor River to opportunistically flood habitat.
Dirt work on the fishponds, field 1, C blind, and spoil pile removal in Pools 2 and 3 will occur next year.
With the dirt work coming to completion in Units A and B, we will focus on our plant management and restoration in key locations.
Pool 1 will also be an emphasis area this summer.
All in all the dirt work, plant work, and enhancement to public use will keep the Duck Creek Renovation moving forward. Right now the timeline is still of this work is fluid. We will provide additional updates on the blog or at the Duck Creek office of any temporary road closures or detours. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. Hope you all can get out and enjoy the area this summer.