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June 8, 2009: Young tree inventory
We went to the spot called Jizerka, where we'd taken grass samples
before. This time our team (Will, Misae, Ryan, Russell and I) did forest
inventory. There were mostly young trees planted after clear-cutting: Norway
spruce, Colorado spruce, mountain ash and some birches. We measured
height, trunk circumference and average crown spread (measurements from two sides of a tree) for several spots. Then I got the vegetation
statistics (grass, blueberry, moss, etc.). The second team took stream
water samples. It started raining when we were finishing and we all got
wet. Hot cauliflower soup and beef with rice were served in the nick of time.
The nice thing is that I never caught a cold during the expedition in
spite of the weather.
We passed stands of dead spruce reminding of the acid rains here.
Hopefully Josef's project and our common efforts will lead to recovery
of this beautiful district, which I really loved.
For the evening we've got lots of data to write down. When it was ready
Ryan did his presentation about the place where he lives. He showed us
beautiful views of Lake Michigan and at the same time told about
ecological problems they have.
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