Volunteers returned to the northern edge of the prairie, cutting multi-flora rose and honeysuckle with chainsaw, brush-cutter, and hand tools. They broke through on the eastern edge, which should allow mechanical brush-mowing come winter. It also will allow prescribed fire to move into the cleared area. Progress!
Thanks to Kathy Bruch for pictures and the account for this day and the following morning at McClaughrey Springs.
McClaughrey Springs Sunday October 2
This is the second of three Heart Your Park service days. It was another "breakthrough" day, with volunteers punching through a wall of honeysuckle and the prairie northwest of our work site.
We had a super group of volunteers augmented by support from Forest Preserves' Volunteer Resource Center. Two staffers from National Recreation and Parks Association, the agency that wrote the grant, attended and spoke with Kathy about the unique nature of the volunteer program in Cook County. It's encouraging to be a part of a program that works, and that could serve as a model for other municipalities.
Little Red Schoolhouse Arts & Crafts Fair Sunday October 2
The first Arts and Crafts Fair since COVID, and it was back to the outdoors, a fine choice on a beautiful fall day. I offer a huge thank-you to Cyndi Duda, Julie Pietrzak, Maureen Neidle, and Kathy Bruch for helping spread the word about local nature and the value of restoration.
We spoke with numerous shoppers at the fair and had a good time doing so. Thanks also to staff at Little Red Schoolhouse, always the gracious hosts!