Tropical Strom Ida had us scrambling just trying to get the course playable. 5.5 inches fell in a short period of time washing out bunkers and gravel cart paths. Low areas became ponds and it was difficult just getting here with all the street closures. Our newly constructed bunkers are paying big dividends. In years past we would have had to pump out standing water and the sand would have become contaminated with subsoil. Although they washed out the under lining the Better Billy Bunker held firm allowing us to just push the sand back in place. Of course this just puts us further behind trying to get other work done. We are behind in preparing our native areas for seed. hopefully the weather moving forward will be a little more cooperative. All in all we should count our blessings. Things could have been much worse. Our hearts and souls go out to the folks in Louisiana.
Things had dried out enough by Friday that Linda from NYNJTC. (New York-New Jersey Trail Conference) and Tom from Trillium Invasive species management inc. were here inspecting and treating for Spotted Lantern Fly. They have there work cut out trying to keep this invasive pest in check. I've heard they are everywhere in central New Jersey and our Assistant was at Newark airport and he saw a bunch on a light pole. If you spot any SLF in New York State make sure you report them to the DEC.