McQueen Creek Ecological Reserve #110 Warden’s report, 2012
By Karen Willies, ER Warden #110
Date of visit 26 September 2012
Purpose of Visit
This visit was to check on the condition of the centre of the Reserve, as previous visits have only been a walkabout outside the perimeter to check on the shape of the fence.
A large number of the trees that were attacked by the pine beetle in the past have created a substantial buildup of fire fuel (photos 1 & 2). Evidence (photo 3) of the May 30th, 2012, human started Noble Creek fire about one kilometer from the Reserve. The old burnt remains (photo 4) of a tree in the centre of the Reserve, possibly caused by lightning.
Despite destruction by the pine beetle, there is a good show of new and young Ponderosa Pines (photos 5 & 6).
Suggestions (should resources become available)
– Poles outside the perimeter be removed
– Trees across fence be removed
– Fence be repaired where damaged by trees
– Blank signs be removed
The Reserve appears little changed since the 2011 visit.