On this beautiful Sunday afternoon I was joined by Gillian, Will, Tracey, Karen and Bowden to explore this ridge above Crooked Creek and Lake Monroe.
We discovered when traveling south on the Tecumseh Trail from the trailhead on Crooked Creek Rd numerous clear cut sections on the slopes of drainages that ultimately flow toward Lake Monroe. One of those are shown in the photos.
We then discovered that the DNR has built a wide logging road on the ridge top. This usually means they intend on improving it (that means adding gravel to handle industrial scale logging operations). The Tecumseh Trail swung off to the right from this newly dug road as this whole landscape has changed from a few years ago. We ended up trudging down this Miller Ridge logging road.
They have tagged numerous yellowwood samplings along the logging road. Likely this is an attempt to preserve those trees when they expand the logging road. Karen is seen here next to one of the larger samplings.
Eventually, as you can see Peace Lake via a side trail that led us down off the logging road. This is likely a mountain bike trail that is one of many built in the Peace Lake area. These are very nice hiking trails as well.
Not only is this logging on steep slopes a threat to Lake Monroe, but these road building activities present further soil disturbance that this lake cannot sustain. It is clear that DNR intends on expanding their logging operations next to Lake Monroe.