Tag Archives: MAP

September 13 – beaver pond

22 Sep

I tried a couple of different paths in from the road in an attempt to get close to the beaver pond.  All are difficult to get through the dense underbrush (possibly riddled with poison ivy too).  Most have rocks with hidden fissures that an unsuspecting brown dog could drop into and break her dainty legs.  So I didn’t get too close.

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What this tells me is that part of our plan for the property should be the development and maintenance of a network of paths through the property – so it can be studied and appreciated … and so you won’t get lost and rained on while you wander around in circles like a dazed donkey.

The beaver pond is a large and important part of the property’s ecology and in order to study it and make recommendations to improve it, we must be able to get to it.  Some time during this visit, I’ll work on determining where the Beaver Pond Path should be.

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Did you know  … that the average area covered by a beaver pond is 10 acres (4 hectares) and the area of aspen forest needed to support a beaver family for 1-2 years is 4 acres (1.5 hectares)

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Dad’s list of trees

17 Aug

Below is a list of trees on the cottage property that Dad made some time ago.  My task now is to locate and re-identify them and map their locations on a property map.  Maybe I’ll even find a few new species.   I think it would be fun to set up a “species treasure hunt” when the family is at the cottage.  Give each team a list of trees or plants to find and bring back a leaf from each species.  Offer a good prize to make it worth winning – an itunes card?  Yikes – I think I’m turning into my father…I’m a nature geek too!

Trees are an important part of our biodiversity. A healthy natural environment supports many different kinds of plants and animals. Trees provide shelter, food and habitat for a huge variety of mammals, birds, insects, plants and even helpful bacteria.

DAD’S LIST OF TREES

SUGAR MAPLE SPECKLED ALDER EASTERN HEMLOCK
RED MAPLE WHITE ? WILLOW WHITE BIRCH
SILVER MAPLE PIN CHERRY AMERICAN BASSWOOD
STRIPPED MAPLE STAGHORN SUMAC IRONWOOD
MOUNTAIN MAPLE ROUNDLEAF DOGWOOD RED OAK
WHITE PINE RED ASH BLACK CHERRY
RED PINE/NORWAY PINE WHITE ASH BIG TOOTH ASPEN
WHITE SPRUCE BEECH SERVICEBERRY
EASTERN WHITE CEDAR
 
BALSAM FIR
 

 Here’s the American Basswood, seen them somewhere on the property …?

Some special maps

8 Aug

Here are a couple of maps made by Dad.  OK, so the image is a bit poor and they are actually burned at the edges (the house fire?) but when I look at them I can just imagine all the hours Dad must have poured over his beloved topo maps and aerial photos and then I see him put on his rubber boots, his binoculars and head off into the woods and swamps to make a detailed map of the property.  Quite a feat actually…

More Maps

8 Aug

 Here are a few more maps I’ve put together showing the property (as close as I can get) … 

Very interesting - Pink is deemed residential (for tax purposes) , green is farmland. We are Blue.

 

This is MNRs crown land use map - don't think they got this right...

MAP THAT PROPERTY

8 Aug

The first requirement to the development of a Managed Forest Plan is to locate and map the property.  I need to provide the history of the property and how the property relates to the surrounding landscape.  Being a cartographer, I got worked into a lather trying to locate pertinent geographical data and up-to-date maps of the area and our property in particular.  Without any GIS software, I am limited to a cut and paste amalgam of found web objects.

My favorite so far… I’ve drawn the property line and it shows the driveways, buildings and contours.