Ready for company: Circle Creek

April 30, 2014
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Nancy Holmes clutches a “bouquet” of blackberry vines.

The weather cooperated big-time for the Circle Creek Conservation Area clean-up on Monday, April 28. What could have been a wet day of hard, muddy work was, instead, a sunny, dry day … of hard, muddy work. Fifteen volunteers pruned, schlepped, loaded, hauled, power-washed, and sorted, all of it with the aim of sprucing up the property and readying it for the summer season and, in particularly, The Forest Remembers memorial event on Saturday, May 3.

The day was a huge success! We filled two dumpsters (a 3-yard and a 10-yard) to the brim with garbage and trash from the barns. Tom Horning power-washed the big barn, which now looks almost like newly poured asphalt.  Austin Tomlinson arranged to have a flatbed trailer take away our massive scrap-metal pile of old fencing materials, and volunteers loaded the truck. We cleared out the old straw pile in the barn, which is now living a new life in Lora VanNortwick’s garden. We hauled away the towering pile of tires collected from many of our habitat reserves. And finally we spruced up the trail, adding a new bridge, new boardwalks, and mulching.


Jay Paulsen, Stewardship Director Melissa Reich, and Ken Lehman load (really heavy!) tires to bring them to the dump.

Particular thanks to Austin Tomlinson and Les Neitzel, who spent hours gathering fencing strewn across the property and stacking it near the barns in advance of the stewardship day, frequently in the rain.


Bob Widdop gets loading of recycling truck started (with recycling truck driver and John Mersereau at right).


Lora VanNortwick (left) and Les Neitzel (right) add to the stack.


The stack in the flatbed truck grows (with Austin Tomlinson on top and John Mersereau at right).

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Three amigos (L-R) Tim Doherty, Jeff Roehm, and Ken Lehman.

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Tom Horning aims the power-washer at the barn’s concrete floor.


The Circle Creek Trail was pruned and refreshed with new wood shavings and a new bridge. Thanks Kevin, John, and Austin for your impressive bridge design and improv skills!

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Betsy Ayres takes a break from clipping blackberry vines.




  1. Pat Wollner says:

    I am so sorry I had to miss it. Looks like it was loads of fun with a great group of volunteers.