From the desk of Lee Burton – Chair of Friends of Oliphant
The Oliphant season of 2017 is nearing its close, as the trees have lost their fall attire and the lake, true to its November nature, has provided us with its wind tossed white crested waves and its dramatic cloudy and sometimes foreboding skies. It is reaching that time where snowbirds fly south and the rest of us ready ourselves to receive the beauty of Oliphant in all of her winter white.
Friends of Oliphant have already been busy planning for next year’s projects:
BEACH CLEAN UP
We plan to hold another successful spring beach cleanup and with our continuing high water levels, there may be all sorts of undesirable stuff that may wash ashore. We will announce dates in the early spring and once again we will ask for volunteers to help us with this task. Many of you do this on your own, but we hope you would report to us the weight of what you collect and any notable observations in your collection.
We are also in the midst of planning next year’s educational event which will likely be held in July of 2018. Last year’s event, ‘Our Underwater World’ held at the Oliphant Campers’ Church was the best to date. Attendance was the highest ever and that speaks to the quality of our speakers and a growing interest in our community in participating in the expanding awareness of all that makes Oliphant such a unique place and a place, we all need to actively protect. For us, this was a very gratifying result and a harbinger that we are moving in the right direction.
Another project that we wish to advocate for is the work that is going on in our community in the fight against Phragmites, the invasive common reed that is the scourge of coastlines almost everywhere. We hope to arrange a collaborative workshop with local groups to assist property owners in educating them in the best management strategies of its removal on land and in water.
Please look for more information coming in the spring.
Water levels are predicted to rise again next year and certainly there has been no significant drop in water level usually apparent in the fall. In fact, when a powerful west wind blows like today, one cannot help but be impressed by the proximity of the water to our shore roads. It is reminiscent of water levels in years gone by.
We wish to all of our followers and committed supporters a happy, healthy holiday season and a beautiful winter either from away or right here in Oliphant. Please continue to monitor our website for updates.