Instructor Erin Faulkner of Curie High School and 11 of her students joined our volunteers and a crew from Atrium Landscape for a morning of tree thinning on the west side of the preserve, near La Grange Road and the northern crossing of the Yellow Trail. Sawyers cut a lot and lit several fires to burn it; a followup day is planned for additional cleanup.
Thanks also to first-time Palos volunteer Abigail from Moraine Valley, and a tip o' the cap to Michael for completing his first Brush Pile Burn Boss observation.!
Swallow Cliff Woods South, Sunday February 23
The ice on the trails at day's start was rather tricky, affirming why I have NOT been walking those trails recently. So the number of walkers and runners braving those conditions was quite impressive, and as the day wore on the sun softened the ice considerably, making conditions less treacherous.
We had another great group, with four first-time Palos volunteers: Meghan, Hollyn, David, and Reid. Abigail, who made her Palos debut the previous day, was back for more. Thanks to them, and numerous others, we cleared another big stretch on the bottom portion of the slope near the trail spur going to the stairs. It's really opening up nicely, and Jackie and Ginger already selected a spot for our March work.