We returned to Cap for some unfinished business; burning all the brush cut the previous weekend, when we were under a no-burn order. In addition to 10 or more volunteers, we had members of FPCC's Tinley Resource Management crew out to help.
It amazes me how much brush gets cut on days we don't burn. Starting and tending to a fire takes quite a bit of effort, and when that effort is all directed at cutting the area you clear in a single morning definitely expands.
We had a pair of fires and got most everything on them by 12:30 or so, a job well done on a cool pretty morning.
McMahon Woods & Fen Saturday November 25
Could not make this one due to a pair of commitments, but learned we had another busy day at McMahon. The Tinley Resource Management crew was back - and would return for a third day at Swallow Cliff on Sunday - and provided a great assist.
Much of the land we've been clearing here is brush, primarily honeysuckle, along with bittersweet vines and multi-flora rose to complicate matters. It takes a hard push to open up even a small area, which is why we keep returning to McMahon. One day...
Swallow Cliff Woods Sunday November 26
Sunday morning was iffy, with snow forecast in amounts from a dusting to as much as three inches. It didn't begin in Palos until after sunrise, and was light enough to not crimp our style. We were a small group, augmented by Adam and Brian from Tinley RM, and did very well.
Despite the light snow and 92% humidity, Joy got a fire going in short order and we cleared a good-sized patch of land. We've now made our way to the south edge of the slough and are one good day of cutting from breaking through the section we started September 2022. Another patch of brush awaits us a few yards farther south, so we'll ring out the old (brush) and ring in the new.