Did it ever feel good to arrive at the old watchman's house Saturday morning and find the parking lot filled with cars and people!
Orland Grasslands sent seven, including three sawyers. Father Tom Koys of St. James at Sag Bridge came with more than a dozen volunteers from the church's teen group. Our regulars turned out, and a pair of new volunteers from Palos Hills.
This area cleaned up so well, a Forest Preserve prescribed burn done two days later had great coverage.
Three hundred yards away, up a hill, the Orland Grasslands sawyers thinned trees near a section previously worked in January. Two of them, newly certified Feller IIs, got to experience a different cutting environment than their home site. And they helped us finish an area that had a few loose ends from earlier that day.
This was another good day, with ten volunteers cutting buckthorn and honeysuckle. The weather was kind, the fire started without any trouble, and we pushed the wall of brush back towards an open area that gets closer with each work day.
Before departing, John Marlin gave us a tour of the old farmhouse site nearby, and some fascinating history of the area. The more you know, the more you feel a connection to the place.