We were a small, effective group at Cap Sauers Saturday, clearing brush in a pretty spot not far from Ford Road. Doug with the brushcutter, John with a chainsaw, the rest of us hand-cutting, dragging, and burning getting a respectable area cleared. This was despite the abundance of bittersweet vine tangling everything in our path.
With the two dry spells we've had this year, extra caution is needed with brush pile burns. The ground is dry and a lot of vegetation has already died back. Errant embers in these conditions can get you on the news for the wrong reason, so we take care to manage our brush piles accordingly.
Swallow Cliff Woods South Sunday September 27
We had a great group on a crazy-busy morning at Swallow Cliff South; at 9:00 all the parking spaces were filled. By 10:00 cars were parked up and down the sides of the driveway, on the grass, all over the place. Just the same, our stalwart volunteers found us and pitched in for a busy and productive morning clearing brush.
Oak Lawn Community H.S. was well-represented, with three grads (Piotr, Rafal, and Mary) and one senior, Patty. A huge thank-you to them, and to Mai and Myra, always welcome here in Palos. They all helped push through a wall of brush and connect to another area cleared many months ago. More progress like this will allow crews to push prescribed fire through.