Limpia Creek Budget Documents
A. Clearing using chainsaw and by hand.
Currently a portion of the creek bed (scattered areas in creek and along bank) needs to have old logs, trash and other debris removed. A chainsaw and hauling by hand will be used to accomplish this. Removal of this debris will facilitate normal flow of creek to allow water to flow into existing ponds creating more habitat for prey available to the black hawks.
B. Construction of trail by bulldozer.
A primitive trail will be built using a bulldozer. The trail is well away from the creek itself and the nesting area of the black hawks.
C. Preparation for area for planting.
Holes will be dug at strategic locations for planting native cottonwoods and ponderosa pine. Brush will be cleared away from area where trees will be planted to allow them to receive sufficient sun. This will be done by hand and chainsaw if necessary.
D. Replanting trees.
Approximately twenty (20) two to three year old native cottonwoods and five (5) to ten (10) native ponderosa pine will be planted the first year. With an additional twenty cottonwoods and five to ten ponderosa pine, approximately two to three years old will be planted the third year. These trees will replace dying and already dead trees. These trees will be monitored for survival and if damage is occurring by other wildlife measures will be taken to protect trees.
An Area estimated to two 1500 linear feetacres will be fenced, this fence will run from an existing fence line across the creek and down to the opposite end. Seven (7) strand barbed wire will be used. Cedar posts will be placed 100 feet apart with "T" posts every twenty (20) foot. One twelve (12) foot diameter gate will be installed to allow entry of vehicle or equipment. Fencing in necessary to restrict cattle from the area to prevent damage to newly planted trees, as well as volunteer saplings. Eliminating cattle from the area will also allow native vegetation to thrive along the creek banks. Signs will be placed at strategic locations on fence to advise the area is a nesting site for black hawks and not trespassing is allowed. Access by the public to view the hawks will be allowed through the main entrance.
F. Observation blind
One observation blind will be constructed at a distance from the black hawk nesting area to allow the public access to view the black hawks without disturbance to nesting pairs. In previous years the landowner has had many problems with trespassers climbing the fence and tearing down portions of the fences to view the hawks. The landowner will keep a log of all visitors and their observations on the nesting hawks. The landowner will also monitor nesting success of the hawks as time permits.
G. Educational pamphlet.
An educational pamphlet will be prepared on the biology and habitat requirements of the black hawk for distribution to visitors. TPWD (McKinney) will assist in the preparation of the pamphlet.