Atsena Otie had a facelift this week! The Brazilian Pepper Eradication crew of Friends volunteers and Refuge staff members attacked a summer's worth of growth of the invasive shrub. It is nigh onto impossible to work on Atsena Otie in high mosquito season. But now, the island is amenable to being groomed and helped to fight off the invasion of the pepper plants. The crew went out early with a boat that could approach at low tide and had made significant progress by the time more staff members arrived at high tide with mowers and other heavier equipment.
The path to the cemetery is now almost twice as wide, brush has been cut in the cemetery as well in preparation for an archaeology project which is described in the next post, calling for volunteers.