Warmer temps bringing the forest floor to life with a nice assortment of wildflowers and the underbrush exploding to life the past few days. Leaves are expanding daily and the woods are getting greener each day. No significant precipitation the past 4-6 weeks but the soil is moisture laden a few inches down. Many sights and sounds of nature including the frogs, birds and waterfowl in one of the most active times of year for wildlife.
We have been working on the trails, clearing deadfall and tuning the mountain bike trails.This spring we are also planting trees and clearing on the trails along with regular forest management.
After a warm start to the weekend, Sunday cooling off and more seasonable temps in place. The ice is off the lakes and have been busy with waterfowl. The trumpeter swans are happy to see the open water and excited to tell everyone about it! Waterfowl is flying all over the place as well as other migratory birds. Few trees starting to bud and grass starting to green on some of the ski trails.
The mountain bike trails are open and riding has been fantastic for early season. There is no mud or low spots with water like other years. The recent rains have actually improved the conditions. The dry fall combined with warm temps, and snow cover preventing frost from going very deep allowing for the early opening of mountain bike trails.
The trees around the lodge and cabins have hit their peak. It has been a fantastic season of fall color. Combined with the incredible late September weather, one of the best times of the year to be in the woods. We can’t recall a September that has been as tranquil, weather wise, as this one. Won’t be long until things change…FAST! The trails in the woods still have some days until they hit their peak.
The ski trails are in excellent conditions and looking great for the winter. We flagged a new loop for the snowshoe trail and it is now cleared and ready for snow! All the trails that can be accessed for mowing have been mowed and we will continue to touch up until the snow starts flying! We have also been cutting trees cleared from the ski trail and splitting for the old sauna and warming house. The mountain bike course is riding nicely and in great shape. Latest bike trail report.
Rain on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday totaling around 1.5″. Rain good for the pine seedlings and giving the grass a drink. The leaves are really starting to change and some trees have already hit their peak of fall color. We are around 38% of trees hitting the peak. One of the most beautiful times of the year at Maplelag.
Great conditions to be in the woods. We flagged a new loop for the snowshoe trail and will begin clearing it for the winter. The ski trails are in excellent condition. All the trails that can be accessed for mowing have been mowed and we will continue to touch up until the snow starts flying! We have also been cutting trees cleared from the ski trail and splitting for the old sauna and warming house. The mountain bike course is riding nicely and in great shape. Latest bike trail report.