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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rail Fence

Here's a feature of most of the parks in this area - rail fences. Sometimes they are used to provide a barrier such as on the edges of steep drop-offs but mostly they are used as in this photo, to protect areas that the groundskeepers are trying to restore to native vegetation. Most of the local parks' "wild areas" are overgrown with introduced "invasive" species of plants that compete with the indigenous species. Sometimes the introduced species such as English Ivy or Scotch Broom completely take over the environment and native species are in danger of extinction. Rail fences are used to protect areas where native plants are growing and where their health can be monitored and competing species removed. This particular rail fence protects such an area on Macaulay Point.

5 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

Aha. I will have to check out if we have the same problem in the National Park near me, haven't heard anything about that.

JoJo said...

I like the way it meanders lazily along. Nice shadow too.

Stephanie said...

Love the shadow!

William Kendall said...

The shadow's marvelous!

Matthew Feehan said...

Oh, I thought it was because the workers were imbibing on the job....