Last year we thinned trees atop the hill above the parking lot. Come spring, steward John Marlin saw an abundance of wild hyacinth in that area, plants he hedn't seen before.
Saturday we worked just north of that location, with the sawyers thinning maples on both sides of the ravine. Just like last year, our brush pile was in the actual parking lot. We rolled, hauled, or slid the logs to the fire.
We were lucky the ground was still frozen so we could work on the slopes without damaging the soil. We were lucky that ample snow remained so we could use a sled to haul logs. (When I say we I mostly mean Doug Bosco, who worked like a man possessed pulling load after load to the fire).
If that run of luck continues, this spring we'll witness the emergence of more surprises, more good native plants where we just finished working.
Swallow Cliff Woods February 18
Three weeks ago we cleared and stacked a huge amount of honeysuckle after shutting our fire down early. Sunday, with a smaller group, we managed to burn all of that plus more! Our thanks to the crew from FPCC Resource Management (Nick, Ryan, Brendan, and Henry) as well as volunteers Emma, Jake, Jean and Dave for hittin' it hard and doing a great job.
The corridor we cleared, from the yellow trail down to the marsh, is now plainly visible. On subsequent volunteer days (the next one this Sunday February 25 at 9 am) we'll continue to expand it.