Trails in our area took a severe beating from last weekend's rain. Try as they might, and FPCC puts a lot of work into mitigation of storm damage, sudden downpours in a hilly area like Palos move so much water so fast that damage is inevitable,
The vast majority of the plants survive. The vast majority of the trees survive, though the double whammy of saturated ground and high winds will knock some of them over. Erosion of soil is a huge problem; on bare areas there are no roots to retain it. Prudent restoration work can help.
As we near the end of May, it looks like our state is moving into a new phase. Without knowing what might happen in the restoration field, it is encouraging that we're making progress. I mentioned last week that Conservation Corps crews are at work now in the preserves. Eventually the volunteer program will get back on its feet again and I/we look forward to that day.
So let's keep on being safe, throttle that impulse to sprint when a slow jog is more suitable. As someone with a few marathons under my belt, I can tell you how important it is to have something left for the finish.