Some of the trees that were felled during construction can still be seen.
For quite a while after clearing, the area was almost completely barren. Some non-native grasses were seeded, and the plants which appeared spontaneously were mostly weedy invader species such as Croton and Nightshade.
Now, in many parts of the right of way, more desirable native herbs and grasses have out- competed the invader species. Parts of the right of way are rather pretty and have the appearance of one of the long allees found in formal European gardens. The opening is taking on aspects of a natural clearing, although this is due to mowing rather than natural processes such as fire.
Camphorweed (Heterotheca sp.) is one of the wildflowers that makes the clearing less desolate.
Chapter 9 - Sedge Meadow
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