Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Boundary Line Marking

Believe it or not, the drought does have some benefits. Low water levels make it much easier to paint boundary lines through the swamp!

As noted in our November 13, 2006 entry, maintaining painted boundary lines is necessary to ensure the protection of one's property rights. Today, a crew of five put fresh paint on old paint and blazes and posted signs announcing the recently designated Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) conservation contract area through the U. S. Department of Agriculture (see blog entry). The Francis Beidler Forest boundaries show as red in the image and the section painted today was the piece that looks like a rectangular bite into the swamp.

Besides being outside on a clear, cool day, we came upon two Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias), two Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus), three White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and a female Barred Owl (Strix varia) patiently watching the noisy intruders exit the swamp.

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