We were back in the vicinity of Katydid Slough. The area really looks different after Kathy Bruch's Atrium Landscape cleared brush over a large area on the southern and western edges. A prescribed burn also was done recently on both the woodland and the prairie. So much more inviting now than several years ago. To actually see Katydid Slough from a distance... Amazing!
The day was not without its challenges. We had one hung-up tree that required much effort, more than a little discussion, and a final tug of war to bring it to the ground.
John O'Lear had an afternoon session at Swallow Cliff, on the western edge, cutting and burning viburnum which has taken a fancy to that location.
We cut a lot of honeysuckle; we had a good time. We're working at the junction of two trails and hope, over the next few weeks, to clear the brush east to the picnic grove. In one morning's work I think the difference is discernible - see the before/after pics below.
Thanks to everyone, new friends and old, who attended. Thanks to Jackie for leading the day, to Raquel for supporting it, to Doug for his yeoman's job of organizing, and to Joe for taking our guests for a informative walk.
Swallow Cliff is a favorite spot of mine, for hiking, cross country skiing, even climbing the lung-busting stairs, so I'm super stoked to be doing restoration here.