This turned out to be our only restoration day of the weekend, and your roving correspondent missed it 'cause they were... roving. Joe's working at his McMahon project, which has been ongoing for over a year now.
Current efforts are directed at clearing brush, as well as cherry trees and downed trees, to open the area for a winter brush-mowing endeavor. It's a lot of work, but the outcome should be worth the effort.
Last Sunday's restoration day at Swallow Cliff Woods South had to be canceled; the rain, which never amounted to a whole lot, was persistent throughout the morn and precluded any chance of herbiciding what we planned to cut. So we're holding off 'til next date, on Monday, December 26, taking advantage of a long holiday weekend. We have two pockets of brush within the trail loop in the south woods that warrant a volunteer group and a fire.
Fall Burn Season
The continued dry spell has been a boon for burn crews, who have done multiple sites both within and outside our region. Many recent fall burn seasons have been a bust; this one is not, and even the rains we've had only delayed efforts by a couple days or more.