Those who have been driving into Ivy Creek over the past week would have noticed a dramatic change in the landscape around the parking area. Ivy Creek maintains four "fields" as part of the Natural Area. Fields are rich areas of biodiversity, providing food and habitat for wildlife and educational opportunities for all of us. These fields need to be maintained or they will convert to forest similar to those we walk through on the trails. Strategies for maintaining these fields have changed over the years but the most recent method has been annual mowing; most recently started last week.