Going back to November 2019, John Marlin and volunteers crossed Bluff Road to its south side and began cutting honeysuckle near the creek, in an area that was the dairy farm in a previous life. In early 2020 we did two grant days with Citgo and resumed cutting in January 2021 after a long Covid hiatus.
We've come a long way since then, and Saturday was akin to a capstone day, thinning trees from a large area with the help of Atrium Landscape sawyers and haulers. Cottonwoods, box elder, and black locust were the major targets, and by day's end the area looked markedly more open. Five massive fires were testament to the group effort and the area will have much more sunlight reaching the ground.
Swallow Cliff Woods South Sunday January 29
Swallow Cliff has had a run of uncooperative weather, with rain and low winds hindering recent efforts to cut and burn brush. Sunday was another question mark, with a forecast of overnight snow and ice (that mostly moved to our north). Still, 13 volunteers came, ready to chop and burn close to a dozen big stacks of brush from the previous Sunday, including first-time Palos people Crystal and Ruby.
The ice WAS a challenge, with all of our fuel coated by a thin glaze. Joy and Darien patiently coaxed that wet mess into two big fires, and we started hauling and burning. Halfway through the morning it seemed like we might not finish, but a concerted effort by all present got the job done. By noon all but a few random scraps were loaded, and shortly after 1:00 pm Kathy, Carolyn, and I were able to call it a day.
Fantastic volunteer effort! Again and again!