Feb '98 Caretaker Class - Update from the Pine Barrens
the recent Expert Tracking class (Fall 1998) I had the opportunity to examine some of the areas that
the Caretaker class worked on, to see how they are doing since then. Also, I was able to
ask the Tracker School instructors and various other folks about the effects of what we
Lightning Tree: The road access to the Lightning Tree that we blocked off during
the Caretaker class has remained blocked off !!! No one has yet tampered with the
work that we did there.
Update as of Oct 2001: Still blocked off.
Triangle area: There is a lot of animal activity along the cleared deer trails.
This was the area that had a lot of the deer trails closed off by unusually heavy snowfall
pushing down the bush the previous winter.
Anvil area: Animals are actively feeding here, and the animal houses that were
placed there are being used. There are twice the number of rabbits and foxes there now
compared to before the Caretaker class. However, some of the areas that we blocked off to
vehicular traffic have been re-opened. Some of the dead trees that we planted to close off these
areas have been removed or broken off. However, some areas are still closed off.
The Tracker primitive camp: The young cedars in the cedar swamp are growing very
well. The drainage ditch beside the trail to the swim areas is functioning well.
Overall, Tom seemed very pleased with the effects of the various projects that we
undertook during that class.