Welcome to the new online magazine with a focus on Niagara. So much happens in the area that I thought to bring it to you. Hope you enjoy the first three posts.
The local boy scout troops are participating in Legacy 11 which is a salute to the second century of Boy Scouting in service to community. It is the largest community service initiative ever sponsored locally in the Niagara Region for the Scouts. I knew nothing of this initiative until I happened upon the Scouts while on a walk along the gorge. The kids and their leader were more than happy to enlighten me, and I promised I would post about them. They were eager to pose and promote their good deeds. The Scout above is proudly giving the Legacy 11 salute!
The kids were organized into work crews for projects that took place along the Niagara Gorge Rim Trail between Devil’s Hole State Park and the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, as well as along sections of trails in the Niagara Gorge. They had a huge area to cover during this past Columbus weekend.
The female plant is quite attractive with the black berries. The Scout leaders were hard at work too removing the buckthorn. One leader, below, was a very knowledgeable and kind fellow who told me all about what the kids were doing this sunny, but cool day. But you can see from some of my photos, I was shooting Buckthorn on a rainy day too.
I just happened upon the troop while walking the trails with my camera, and like the paparazzi, snapped a photo of them cutting down my photo-op subjects. Honestly, I can find it all over the parks and it is impossible that the kids will get it all in the weekend they are here for their work session.
I am so glad they are removing it, but it is one tough cookie to eradicate. It is known for long distance dispersal and a wide habitat tolerance, making it difficult to control. Thickets will form if sunlight conditions are right. It easily becomes invasive and weeds out native plants. Why I was taking photos of it was that I was going to note how bad the plant is for the local plants.
The kids were very polite and considerate and the leaders very informative. The kids informed this lady that the berries of Buckthorn are poisonous and she should keep her Jack Russell Terriers away from the plants within their reach. I was very pleased to see these kids working, responsible and learning from the adults. Boy scouting is a wonderful program, molding kids into mature, reliable, and dependable adults.
When the kids were done for the weekend, they left neatly placed piles of Buckthorn all along the trail. The Parks Department will come along and remove the debris.
But needless to say, the Buckthorn was so prevalent that much was missed. Buckthorn grows to a small-sized tree, making hundreds and hundreds of berries. I bet the Parks Service wishes they could have these little helpers year round. Here the sun sets on the project, but the kids did a wonderful and important job. We thank them for their efforts.
Please have a look at Green Apples. Some of the images for GGW- Into the Woods came from my time in the woods with the boy scouts. Pretty photos with an i On Niagara.