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Strip Mine Road Nets

9 Nets total, in 4 sets of 2-3 nets

The Strip Mine Road Nets are mostly parallel to a gravel service road that historically was a farm lane and later provided access to small strip mines that were begun in the 1940s.  Mining activity was halted in the early 1950s after the land was purchased for the purpose of donating it to Carnegie Museum as one of several original tracts of land (totaling over 400 hectares) for establishing its field research station, Powdermill Nature Reserve, in 1956.  The Reserve has doubled in size since then.

Strip Mine Road Nets 1-3 and 4-5 are in association with small riparian areas, and so have shrubs like willow and silky dogwood in association with portions of them, but Strip Mine Road Nets 6-7 and 8-9 are in entirely upland situations.  Both of these net lanes are located the edges of experimental "game food plots" planted for wildlife enhancement shortly after the Reserve was established in the mid-1950s.  A number of the fruiting shrubs originally introduced into these areas along the Strip Mine Road, including Morrow's honeysuckle and autumn olive, have naturalized extensively in the successional habitats on the Reserve (including virtually all of the banding area).

 

Looking up the Strip Mine Road Looking up the Strip Mine Road

Strip Mine Road Nets 1-3 are to the left and roughly parallel with  the bottom portion of the road.
Strip Mine Road Nets 1, 2, & 3 Strip Mine Road Nets 1, 2, & 3
Strip Mine Road Nets 4 & 5 Strip Mine Road Nets 4 & 5

These nets are roughly  perpendicular to the south side of the Strip Mine Road.

Net 4 is dominated by multiflora rose, while Net 5 is in more of a wetland situation, extending almost to the bank of Crisp Pond, and is dominated by willows
Looking up Strip Mine Road from Nets 4 & 5 Looking up Strip Mine Road from Nets 4 & 5.

Long Lane Nets 1-9 are  perpendicular to the road to the north (left) side, just beyond the first patch of shaded road in the photo.

Strip Mine Road Nets 6 & 7 and 8 & 9  are on the right side of (and parallel to)  the road, beginning at the upper  patch of shade across the road).
Strip Mine Rd Nets 6 & 7 Strip Mine Rd Nets 6 & 7
Strip Mine Rd Nets 8 & 9 Strip Mine Rd Nets 8 & 9

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