Monday, April 22, 2013

A Day of Gracious Living

Last Wednesday, ATC hosted a group of teachers and students from Berkshire School as part of their annual Gracious Living Day.  This was a great group, very motivated, who helped us with 2 wildlife habitat improvement projects.  The group split in two with ATC's Land Protection Manager, Carlen Emanuel, taking the first group out to the east side of the KCC property to delineate the habitat range of the rare Jefferson salamander in a wetland area, and the second group was coordinated by ATC's Conservation Stewardship Manager, Adam Brown, undertaking apple tree release on the western side of the property.  We look forward to having Berkshire School come back again soon!

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Facelift for the Sheep Barn

This late winter/early spring ATC is working on replacing the siding on the smaller barn, called the Sheep Barn, at the KCC.  This is good timing for this project as it is occurring after the harshest part of winter has passed but before the onslaught of summer and all the busy-ness that time brings.

The sheep barn is a late 1700's timber frame structure that has had some work done to it to help preserve it over the past few years.  Despite those efforts, once the old siding was being removed it was discovered that there are some pretty serious issues with the sills on the south side of the building.  We will try to stabilize those as time and resources permit, but we will likely have to revisit these issues later with a more focused effort.  Below are some pictures of the progress thus far.  I will keep adding photos as we go along.

 A rotten beam tenon, which will be replaced