Sincere thanks to new volunteers Nina, Andrew, and Kevin for their unbounded energy. We cleared brush from a hillside right in the middle of Willow West, rising above a deep ravine that bisects the area.
We encountered lots of honeysuckle, and far too much multi-flora rose. The latter was particularly annoying, with its nasty shredding thorns. Made the barberry seem docile in comparison. One section had some huge rose bushes, and the morning got better once they were removed.
Paddock Woods August 2
Some of Saturday's multi-flora rose followed us to Paddock on Wednesday. That, plus an abundance of honeysuckle, and some euonymus, kept us going. We pushed farther to the south and east, closer to the trailhead at 86th Ave and 119th St.
It was a super turnout, including two first-time volunteers, Jackie and Jessica, and several almost-newbies. New friends and old friends, great to have them all!