Carl is one of the most knowledgeable men that we have ever met....and he even knows where Iron Mountain, Michigan is and has actually been there!!!
He is the Administrator Forester. I'm not quite sure what the title means, but I know it means he has a LOT of responsibilities as far as the forest and fires go.
He is responsible for "testing the waters" (ponds on the refuge) for certain types of plants that do NOT belong there. There have been times they have had to treat a pond for dreaded types of weeds and then have to drain the lake because in order to treat the pond, the fish are killed due to the treatment (I think I've got that right!).
We have learned a lot listening to Carl. He is very thorough with his explanations and is more than happy to share with you.
HOWEVER, Carl has an arch nemesis. It is wisteria. He has a personal mission to get rid of wisteria. However, it just seems that it grows back twice the size it was prior to Carl attempting to slow it down.
He has found wisteria vines that are as big as his upper arm (and we have seen the damage done to the trees that are covered with the vine growth.)