We were a small group, relocating near the junction of Ford Road and Will Cook Road where steward Margaret found an active population of Canada thistle. This was a largely overcast day, and relatively cool, making for a better time working in a spot with limited shade.
Some of the thistle was concentrated in small patches, though I suspect volunteers ranged farther afield once that low-hanging fruit was dealt with. Thanks to all who came, including first-time Palos volunteer Brea.
Trailblazers Walk at Swallow Cliff, Saturday July 16
Walk leader Bruce did another fine job, taking us from Forty Acres Woods through part of McClaughrey Springs, then on to Swallow Cliff. We had a big group, and a good time! Bruce has diverse interests; his opening remarks included a little geology, some meteorology, and Leave No Trace principles, all before we left the parking lot.
We also witnessed some of the numerous signs of high usage around the site. Once-narrow footpaths have, in some places, become six feet wide or more. It's a huge burden on the land, increasing erosion of a rare soil type, Lemont drift, that, once gone, is irretrievable.