Diana had about a dozen volunteers for her Friday afternoon session, cutting brush farther along the east side of Mill Creek from our last workday there. At least two, Anna and Cassie, were first-time Palos volunteers.
Paw Paw Woods Saturday March 20
This was a cleanup day, finishing burning logs and branches left from an earlier thinning day. Much thanks to first-time Palos volunteers Kyle and Christian from Oak Lawn HS for their help.
It was quite a contrast to that prior workday, when we waded through knee-deep snow and slid like Drake. Left foot up, right foot slide... The dry ground and leaf litter also made fire containment important, and we had to intervene several times with flappers and water to maintain control. Joe prudently chose to limit the number of fires due to ground conditions.
Black Partridge Woods Sunday March 21
We had a big group, including nine (9!) first-time Palos volunteers. Thank you Thea, Brendan, Kearney, Jeff, Judy, Ronah, Rosemarie, Reese, and Nicole.
We worked on the south side of Bluff Road, once was a dairy farm, tackling honeysuckles of varied sizes. Too dry to burn, so we stacked it all for another day.
Paddock Woods Tuesday March 23
We were back in Paddock for cleanup work the day after prescribed burning inside the trail loop. It was an ethereal landscape, black char in every direction. Six volunteers managed four fires and the lack of ground fuel made fire containment easy.
We'll be back at Paddock this Saturday, for brush-cutting not far from this day's work site. In a few weeks the land will be bursting with spring wildflowers and our first walk of the season with Palos Park Public Library will take place here on Saturday April 17.