There has been an entire growing season associated with the numerous plantings at the CSO! project site on the east side of Westlawn Cemetery.
Because of the importance of an effective growth of the numerous trees and shrubs to replace the vegetation removed for the project, this area was visited to evaluate the status of the plantings.
An informal evaluation was done 22 September of 100 plantings. There was nothing scientific in this evaluation, but it was done strictly for comparative and informational purposes.
The contents were noted for the randomly selected plantings on the upland portion of the project site, east of the former creek. A number was marked on the wooden lathe of the planting, to make certain a feature was not noted twice. None were checked on the lowland, in order to not disturb the Wood Ducks present in the water of the stormwater overflow sites.
A majority of the plantings did not contain any suitable plant growth, as intended. The contents observed were grouped into four basic categories:
- Weeds of various sorts (39 of 100, so 39%)
- Empty, including cobwebs and barren twigs (36%)
- Oak sapling, most of which were less than 6 inches in height (24%); there was only one sapling with any ample growth and it seemed to be only about one foot in height
- Miscellaneous, which was one tube that contained an active wasp hive (1%)
A lot of Omaha money and time was spent on getting these plantings in place. Funding was also provided by the Nebraska Environmental Trust.
Obviously the effort was not a success, based upon this brief evaluation.
This is a list of the results:
Planting Number: Details
Larger trees are doing well at the north end of this portion of the Saddle Creek project site.
Examples of vegetative conditions at the project site, especially indicating instances of weeds growing where they should be other plants sprouting.
While working, a list of the birds seen and heard was also kept, and along the drainage way, on the east side if the cemetery, were these nineteen species: Wood Duck, Mallard, Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Least Flycatcher, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch.