In April 2019, about 3 years after the dam came down, photos record how the “cutting in” of the stream has progress to the level of 2-3 feet deep in some sections. Oxbow turns, mini rapids, the appearance of old tree trunks (probably 175 years old!), vegetation like water cress and clean, clear, cold water characterize the revitalized stream bed. Photos by Don Schoenleber.
The park development has slowed due to the invasion of Emerald Ash Borer and Lantern Fly insects which have destroyed up to 1,000 trees. The Township has set up a program to remove these trees and replace them with a variety of sapling, native trees which will not succumb to the insects. The photos and maps below show the tree area in January 2019 “before” the removal. Below the before photos you will find photos of each specific area after the dead tree harvest. Photos by Don Schoenleber.
Nature, in the form of the insect Emerald Ash Borer, has decimated 900 trees in the park. The summer of 2019 saw the trees removed for safety reasons and native trees planted to renew the forest. Our photographer took photos before and after the removal to document the dramatic difference. The sun shines in!! Please look at the reference maps to understand the camera’s placement which records before and after.