Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Disaster at Daisy Trail

Daisy trail cedar glade spent nearly 2 weeks entirely under as
 much as 6 feet of water as a result of all the flooding over the
 1'st and 2'nd of may here in Tennessee.

This land should actually be high and dry ,as most cedar glades are,
 but Percy priest reservoir changed that when it was constructed in
 the 1960's bringing the shore live within 100 yards of the cedar glades,
 and occasionally flooding into the lower glades, never this badly.

It is not known at this point whether the glades will survive,
 i can confirm that the autumn onions, limestone fameflower,
and ruellia have survived, however many other plants boiled
 or suffocated in the shallow sunny water, 6 feet of standing
 water was a bit to much for many of the plants which are specially
 developed for dry spring summer conditions, and have perished.

I estimate a loss of 30 plant species in this glade for st least this year,
 time will tell what the seed bank held on to.


Right now it is a mucky brown mess full of dead baby fish and minnow, 
and has certainly changed the chemistry of the shallow limestone soils. 

Camera is in the shop so pics to come later, perhaps we will document
 the recovery of this cedar glade, as this has never before happened
 here and who knows if it can recover or if it will be lost forever.

30 comments:

KatheleenJ said...
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EdmundoK_黎 said...

Where theres a will theres a way. ............................................................

Is依來raelS_Fargo0706依來 said...

與朋友在一起,分擔的痛苦是減半的痛苦,分享的快樂是加倍的快樂。 ............................................................

瓊文TamMcfee0520 said...
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宇軒蕙帆 said...

成功不是一個海港,而是一次埋伏許多危險的旅程。......................................................................

kittycha said...

你不能左右天氣,但你可以改變心情................................................................

季玉 said...

Man proposes, God disposes...................................................................

文群文群 said...

這麼好的部落格,以後看不到怎麼辦啊!!......................................................................

石白 said...

人不能像動物一樣活著,而應該追求知識和美德.................................................................

于庭 said...

成熟,就是有能力適應生活中的模糊。.................................................................

佳皓佳皓 said...

人生是故事的創造與遺忘。............................................................

sebi_2569 said...

nice photo; and nice blog congratulations

宜FH定博林P'韓T彥 said...

Share and share alike.............................................................

chen said...

看到大家都留言-我也忍不住說聲---加油..................................................................

慧杰慧杰 said...

在你一無所有的時候 是誰在陪伴你 他便是你最重要的人............................................................

楊儀卉 said...

Poverty tries friends.............................................................

淑慧 said...

世間事沒有一樣沒有困難,只要有信心去做,至少可以做出一些成績。..................................................

玉苓玉苓 said...

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today..................................................................

RicoLisi0802志竹 said...

很棒,令人期待............................................................

黃子軒 said...

在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

建依萍彰 said...

一時的錯誤不算什麼,錯而不改才是一生中永遠且最大的錯誤..................................................

家唐銘 said...

當最困難的時候,也就是離成功不遠的時候。..................................................

王李慧萍政勳 said...

學而時習之,不亦樂乎˙ω˙............................................................

麗王王珠 said...

在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

家劉劉劉劉人 said...

相見亦無事,不來常思君......................................................................

偉冠儒冠儒倫 said...

來給你加油打氣!!!保重!!!............................................................

1615 said...

很棒的分享~~~來留個言囉~~~~............................................................

洪勳劉耀德劉耀德華 said...

真正的朋友不會把友誼掛在嘴巴上......................................................................

灏群 said...

出遊不拘名勝,有景就是好的..................................................

Pen said...

Nearly two years later, and the weather still remains unusual. Very warm winter. Wondering what long term effects this will have on plants?
Thanks,
Promo Pen

Sun Drenched Islands in the Dark Cedars

You may have encountered a cedar glade before if you enjoy walking through the woods in the Nashville Tennessee area, you would have been walking along through the cedars and would have come to a clearing, upon passing through you may have noticed how hot and dry it was,if in summer,or how wet and spongy the limestone gravel was ,if in winter.You may have had many of my own first thoughts , wondering "is this an old lot? perhaps and old road of some sort long degraded" before you started to notice plants you hadn't ever seen in your life,even though you've lived your entire life in the Nashville area, and if you had been lucky enough to happen across one during spring bloom time you'd notice the rainbow of colors blooming on those never before encountered plants, what an exiting place these glades can be!
In truth that place you thought may have been an old lot is a natural limestone clearing, Sometimes tens of thousands of years old , old enough for the plants there to adapt to their unique micro climate.
It's feasible to think that these places have been visited by animals and humans alike, for thousands upon thousands of years, being a natural clearing where one could camp or simply gaze up at the sky,and the way it seems so much bigger in the glades somehow, you can see the whole milky way sparkling there on a clear summer night, these places truly are a gift of natural beauty and diversity and a testament to the strength of life and its ability to adapt.

Sadly most of this rare ecosystem has been lost forever ,and some endemic plants are either extinct or severely endangered, in the past they have been built on ,dumped in,and covered over with rubble, they are inundated by man made lakes and torn apart by people with atv's and four wheelers who do not realize what they are doing.
There may be less than 10% of what cedar glade
there was before the Nashville basin was settled, and that continues to shrink even today, So lets educate our friends in the world of horticulture about our cedar glades.

Here are some resources for Cedar Glade Research:

Cedar Glade Endemic Plants

Center for Cedar Glade Studies

Cedar Glade Wikipedia