We doubled up last weekend, with sawyers from Atrium thinning trees on Saturday. We also had a terrific group, including seven first-time Palos volunteers (Laura, Ahlke, Jeannine, Christine B., Christine K., and Linda), all coming with Meredith from the Chicago Women's Rugby team, as well as new volunteer Clay.
The snow was deep, slowing us a bit, but did facilitate use of sleds to haul some of the bigger pieces. Fires were slow to take off due to the high moisture content of the trees being thinned, but we kept at it and eventually got them cooking.
Sunday was a cleanup day, and we welcomed several more first-timers, including Nick from Sandburg HS and Rebecca and Elizabeth from the North Branch restoration group. By quitting time we had loaded most everything onto the fires, and Diana celebrated by ordering pizza for the volunteers. I've eaten a variety of foods at workdays, but this was the first time for pizza. The verdict: it works!