Though outnumbered we are putting up a fierce resistance. Using brush-cutters to augment hand pulling, we try to slowly push it back. This stuff is resilient, putting up new growth, already flowering, on stalks that were cut half a foot above the ground just two weeks earlier.
I expect one more foray into the prairie before too much time passes.
Twenty-some people showed for the Regional Ecology Gathering, led by FPCC ecologist Kristin Pink and Swallow Cliff steward John O'Lear.
John shared some restoration history at Swallow Cliff dating back 20 years or more, and the ideal, still to be realized, of getting the entire site under management. Kristin spoke of current initiatives and how they are moving toward that goal.
Both spoke of the vital role fire will continue to play in getting Swallow Cliff under control. The Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) has embraced fire as a key management tool and needs the understanding and support of the public to continue its use.
On the way back Kristin pointed out a native honeysuckle growing near the trail. After years of slashing untold numbers of the invasive variety, good to see a homeboy.