The last time I talked to anyone at the Keene Middle School about it, it looked like the boardwalk through Tenant Swamp behind the school might be closed in winter, so I was happy and surprised to find it open last weekend. You enter the swamp by crossing this bridge.
The bridge crosses over a small stream which on this day had a skim of ice. For a swamp there is remarkably little standing water seen here.
I was happy to see that the boardwalk had been shoveled. At least I thought so…
Until I walked a little further and saw this. The snow had turned to a solid block about 3 inches thick, but thankfully it wasn’t slippery. On the left in this photo you can see the tall stems of the common reed, which is invasive.
The invasive reed is called Phragmities australis and has invaded the swamp…
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