This was our first tree-thinning day of the season, and it was a good one. We had three sawyers, and seven haulers! from Atrium, in addition to a big group of volunteers. The latter group included Jim Tebo, whom we hadn't seen for quite a spell. Good to have him back!
Numerous trees were felled and burned in the course of the day. Equally rewarding, a number of trees already on the ground were bucked and burned, which ought to help move prescribed fire through the area whenever that should happen. Big fires all, and quite a few, marked our season kickoff.
Hidden Pond Woods Sunday January 8
We had another good group Sunday, including several (George, Jim D. Joe C, and Kathy) who doubled up Saturday and Sunday. Continuing brush removal on a slope above the prairie, we expanded the cleared area in all four directions from our brush pile.
This site has quite the variety of invasive plants - we saw barberry, buckthorn, multi-flora rose, and the most prevalent, honeysuckle, all within steps of one another. It's coming along quite well, though, and with a couple more times out we should connect to the prairie moving east and north.