'Twas quite the bitter morning, with a brisk wind off Bergman prairie that cut through multiple layers of clothing. Once we reached the work site, the protected by trees and lying in a depression, we barely noticed that wind. In fact, could've used a bit more of it to stir our fires.
Three chainsaws and one brush-cutter made for a lot of brush clearing, with honeysuckle and buckthorn the usual culprits. We cut and dragged over a big stretch and the site looked so much better by the time volunteers departed.
Black Partridge Woods Sunday March 19
Back at the dairy farm site, we continued to cut honeysuckle - including some absurdly thick and twisted ones - along the edge of a grassy field bordering an old hedgerow. Our brush pile couldn't have had a better location; on an old burn scar with a NW wind blowing smoke away from the volunteers and into a degraded mess of brush. It burned big and hot throughout the morning, yet it was contained within an hour after we stopped loading it.
We cleared a nice piece of land moving toward Bluff Road. At one point two sandhill cranes flew overhead, very close to the ground which was a treat.