Another day of burning log piles from our winter tree-thinning efforts with Atrium Landscape. It was also another damp day, keeping with the gloomy January pattern. Enough snow and ice remained to facilitate hauling logs with the sled.
While our fires were a little slow to start, once they got going there was no stopping them. Jim brought his brand-new leaf blower which was put to good use on a morning when Margaret had to delay starting the fires until wind speed reached the allowable minimum of 5 mph.
Swallow Cliff Woods South Sunday January 28
Sunday morning was equally damp, so Carolyn and I came early and had a fire going by the time volunteers reached the site. We were joined by first-time Palos volunteers Evan and GP, known from their volunteering at other sites. Also present was Julie P., usually behind the scenes as baker and editorial consultant, making one of her infrequent field appearances.
Just like December December, water from the slough was so close to the work site that we had to move up a small rise to avoid wallowing in the mud. The area is historically a wetland, but has been mostly dry in the 18 months since we started removing brush there. The project is going well; we've cleared a large stretch and will continue pushing south as conditions warrant.