We had 13 volunteers and cut honeysuckle re-sprouts along the ditch in the center of the prairie. Thanks to Mary Busch from the Forest Preserves for coming to assist on this day.
Roger and Cara Keller dropped in around noon and spent an hour visiting. Great to see them!
The two photos below show a rough 'before' and 'after' of our work at Hidden Pond. Though they aren't lined up precisely the camera is pointing at the same general area. Call it "How To Make a Honeysuckle Thicket Disappear."
John Marlin held a workday at Black Partridge the following day. I missed that one and have no pictures of it, but do have a photo from Partridge two days later when we paid a visit. The fall colors are muted; probably much brighter right now.
Steward Margaret Tobin held her inaugural workday at Cap Sauers. "Visions of Prairie" is her conception of our efforts; working a few hundred yards from Visitation Prairie, we cleared honeysuckle and other brush, opening the area to more sunlight.
Cap Sauers is 1520 acres, the largest preserve in Palos and the Sag Valley. With two site stewards, Bob Arentz and Margaret Tobin, now hosting workdays there, we will return regularly to continue the incremental progress that characterizes volunteer restoration.
Our small crew was joined by interns from Friends of the Forest Preserves, an organization that does tremendous work in advancing restoration in Cook County, and by troops of Scouts who held their annual camping weekend at Pioneer.
The Scouts pitch their tents throughout the picnic grove, then pitch in cutting and dragging brush. The first group came around 11:00, when two of our three brush piles were already burning, and they continued to come throughout the day.
Special thanks to Steve Krupa and Dorothy Nawara, who worked this day AND the two workdays earlier in the week, at McClaughry Springs Monday and Pioneer Tuesday.
Below: five volunteers ensuring a fallen tree remains on the ground.
I'm Jan Pietrzak with the Palos Restoration Project. This blog and website were created for your information and enjoyment.