Firewood, Wood for Artists and Water Cress

As Lindsay and I begin brush piling in earnest, we are reminded that there is a lot of wood at the Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail that would be better used to heat someone’s home, than simply consumed in a burning brush pile.  Lindsay burns wood to heat his home but there is no way he could use all the wood that is available.  So, I’m cautiously advertising here that there is excellent firewood available, mostly Black Locust, but some Red Oak as well.  Of course there is a ton of Buckthorn too, and I know people who have had success with this type of wood in their furnaces.

You will need to get a permit to collect firewood at the Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail from the DNR.   I have reviewed this with DNR Forester, Mike Seeger, and he was very supportive.  There is a DNR, two-track, access road that will take you very close to the wood sources.

Forest Headquarters
S91 W39091 Highway 59
Eagle, WI 53119

I mentioned in a previous post that there is an excellent assortment of Red Oak, Hickory and Cherry trees that are ready for you to take home and “turn” into works of Art.  The trees range from 8″ to 16″ in diameter and 10′ to 30′ long and all side branches have been pruned.  The artist would probably want to cut the pieces to the length desired at the site and then haul them out with a wagon, or something, to where they could be picked up via the aforementioned DNR access road.  We have one interested person so far, but again, there is a lot of wood available.

Please contact me prior to getting any wood so I can meet you out there to review the situation.

We pulled a lot of Water Cress from the Scuppernong River this past Spring and Summer.  It is impossible to completely eliminate cress unless you take extreme measures, and the cress has returned in many places along the river.  When DNR Fish Biologist Ben Heussner visited the site he reminded us that some cress is OK, and the trout like it.  With that in mind, we are not going to try to completely remove the Water Cress from the Scuppernong River.  Instead, we’ll simply make sure that it does not impede the flow of the water, as it was prior to our recent efforts, and that it does start taking over any area.

There are many places between the Scuppernong Spring and the Hotel Spring where fresh patches of Water Cress have returned.  This is young, sweet cress that would go perfectly in your salad or juicer.  I encourage you to go out and harvest some Water Cress to help us keep it under control and for your own health benefits.  You might want to wear knee high rubber boots, but there is a lot of cress available along the edge of the river.  We have cleared a path through the cattail and phragmites along the river, that is pretty dry, to make it easy to follow its course.  Please help your selves to some Water Cress!

See you at the Springs!

3 thoughts on “Firewood, Wood for Artists and Water Cress

  1. I updated this post on 11/5 to reflect my conversation with DNR Forester, Mike Seeger. He explained that you need to get a permit to collect firewood from Forest Headquarters. The previous version of the post simply said to call Mike for further info.

  2. Pingback: Old Friends, New Friends | Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail

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