Despite the clouds, the day was quite warm and I enjoyed walking the eastern trails and looking at winter waterfowl. I packed a lunch and there are picnic tables and toilet facilities available in the Salt Marsh Nature Center.
The trail along the western side of the inlet was closed by a massive pile of fresh mulch. I imagine that the areas most in need of stewardship are along that trail.
From my Parks department training I was looking for degraded wooded areas where local species were being outcompeted by invasive plants. The reason this is suboptimal is because the nonnative species do not provide habitat for wildlife, biodiversity and resilience.
I believe this is what a degraded area looks like. There was a section that had been burned and there was a lot of trash. My next step for stewardship is an onsite training, so I’ll learn more about this soon.