Super turnout Saturday at Cap, don't have an exact count but we probably came close to filling a sign-in sheet. That included first-time Palos volunteers Dave, Joyce, and Charlie. Much thanks to them, and the rest of the group, as we finished clearing an area that we've worked at for several months now.
Black Partridge Sunday December 18
Sunday morning started quite cold, but it brought the first sunshine we'd seen in quite a few days, a great boost to our spirits. Volunteers getting a fire going quickly made for another boost.
We've cut brush in this spot several times, and this was the day broke through the wall, creating a nice opening to the pasture just west of us. That was the main goal of the work, so it felt good to hit that mark. Newly certified chain sawyer Joe C. got in some swipes with John's saw, and volunteer George rode his bike 28 miles round-trip so he could join us. That's farther than I drove....
Paddock Woods Wednesday December 21
This was a departure from a typical day, at least in terms of target species. We removed eastern redcedar from a small prairie pocket along the Cal-Sag bike path in Palos Park. While native to the U.S., this tree can be quite aggressive and crowd out other natives.
Pluses of redcedar; it burns readily, and many of the day's targets were of a size that could be dragged, and tossed, on the fire in their entirety. That sped our work, as breaking shrubs down at fireside is time-consuming. One or two tried to roll off the fire, prompting Joy to comment on burning tumbleweeds or something to that effect.
In addition to our volunteer group, we had FPCC ecologist Kristin Pink as well as Matt and Erin from Woods 2 Wetlands assisting. We cleared quite a bit in a short time and will be back Wednesday, December 28, moving west on the spoil pile above the bike path.