As the semester comes to an end and the seasons are on the brink of change, it’s perfect that my blog comes to a close with the origins of my phenology spot.
The 70 acres that are Centennial Woods has been used in various ways throughout history. Geologically, the area is part of a large sand deposit form when the glaciers were retreating. This area used to be part of Winooski River, which flowed into the Champlain Sea. Before the colonization of Vermont, this area would have been used by members of the Abenaki Tribe as a hunting ground. There is an abundance of animals of various types in these woods. European settlers also used this area. They used the scouring rush plant to scour their pots and pans and to sand wood. There is also evidence of human settlement due to certain large stone walls and barbed wire in the area. Fred Fiske bought the land in the early 1900s to farm, meaning that there was deforestation in the area and that the area has grown much since then. There are a lot of the same species of trees in the area and many old pines. Today, Centennial Woods acts as a recreation area for many people in the Burlington area. Students at UVM also use this area for their classes especially those in the environmental fields.