Another trip around the sun. Transitions from bitter winter to resplendent spring, from riotous summer to fall splendor, from year to year. You’ve been here with us, reading our musings and celebrating our natural areas.
Transitions help us consider what’s important and appropriate, both in our personal lives and on our land. Transitions rarely come or go easily, especially if we really liked how things were, or had just done it that way for a long time. Trees grow, turning field to forest. We plant wildflowers where crops once grew. Wetlands rise from fields that were once drained. And through it all we come together, a community of people who care about restoring our connection to nature.
When I reflect on the transitions in my life, the ones I remember joyfully happened in community. We’re thankful for you, our community, and the support you give as we launch big transitions in the natural areas of Oakland Township’s parks. Even though we recognize the noble goal of restoring habitat, change is messy and hard. But since we work together as a community, we reflect on this past year with satisfaction and look forward to the next with joy.
With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I want to take a few minutes to share my thanks.
I’d first like to say thank you to the many people who had a vision for preserving land and natural features many years ago, and put in the work to make it happen. The township parks that are a great place to learn and grow would not be what they are without their dedication and hard work. As I’ve learned about the natural areas in our parks, I’ve been impressed with the commitment to setting aside land to preserve the rural character and high quality natural features in our township. Thanks also to the residents of the township for supporting this vision. Some of those people who were instrumental in land preservation are seen in this video about the history of the history of the Paint Creek Trail, but I’m sure there are many more people joined in the effort.
Second, I’d like to thank the people who volunteered with natural areas stewardship this past year. It was exciting to see a variety of people come out to help tend native plant gardens, clear trails, and remove invasive woody plants. Your work keeps our natural areas beautiful!
Finally, I’d like to thank all of you for reading this blog! I love this opportunity to share my observations and work throughout the township parks. The blog has been viewed over 1600 times since it was launched in late June. I’m honored that you take time to read the blog. If you ever have any questions or would like me to cover a topic please let me know.