This was a truly cold morning - see the pic below of people huddled around the budding fire. Working with the assistance of sawyers from Kathy Bruch's Atrium Landscape (thank you, Kathy, your generosity in providing this crew is unsurpassed!), and the Friends of the Forest Preserves Palos crew, we thinned and burned extensively in an area not far from Ford Road.
As the day moved along and more fires were started, we tended not to notice the cold as much. Hauling and tossing will do that for you. We shall return to this area for follow-up work on Saturday February 4 - join us if you can.
Paddock Woods has a curious mix of invasives. On its southern edge, near 119th Street, stands the largest concentration of winged euonymous (burning bush) that I've seen around here. Possible escapees from the residences to the south?
On the east side, along 86th Avenue, Bob found a thicket of buckthorn that also is not as common in Palos as in other places I've been. Of course we also have far too much honeysuckle and expect a blessing of garlic mustard come spring.
We were fortunate in having an energetic group attacking the buckies today. We didn't cut them all, hope to finish next week. Thanks to three new volunteers from Oak Forest, Jeff, Casey, and Brian, for their help!