A cool overcast morning with forecast of rain kept our numbers down to eight or nine volunteers. We got lucky; other than short spells of drizzle we had no rain to speak of until 1:00 pm. The day's second challenge was burning wet fuel in a high-humidity environment, which we got done (sans propane tank) albeit a bit slower than the norm.
We gathered and burned large amounts of cut logs and branches, while Kevin used the chainsaw to thin more trees. We hit it hard and had a good time.
Hidden Pond Woods Sunday April 11
Another day, more dampness. Burning was an in-the-field decision made possible by a halt in the sporadic drizzle earlier in the morning. Part of our volunteer group cleaned up a mess of litter along Kean (including 100-200 deflated balloons. Really?) before jumping in to cut and burn honeysuckle.
Thanks to first-time Palos volunteers Mari and Dave, also to Jesse Jr. By quitting time we had pushed through a line of brush to connect our smaller section with the prairie edge to its north. Well done!