With Atrium crew thinning trees not too far away, our volunteer group focused on honeysuckle, with Jim and Kevin thinning some trees as well as brush. We also had one young man, Matt, who encountered our group while walking the trail and ended up joining us for the morning. Another first-time Palos volunteer!
A light coating of snow the preceding night was adequate to show late arrivals the way in (and early departures the way out). We had a single fire, slow to start but eventually more than holding its own as we loaded it with brush.
McClaughrey Springs Sunday January 7
Snow still clung to branches on our walk into McClaughrey Springs the following morning. Two members of the Palos RM crew helped Diana get a fire going, allowing us to feed it, with some coaxing, upon arrival. We were on the west side of Mill Creek, in a lowland, clearing honeysuckle resprouts as well as rose and the occasional buckthorn. Many thanks to first-time Palos volunteer Leslie for joining us.
Joe on chainsaw and Doug on brushcutter worked a goodly distance from the main group (thank you, Diana!) while we gathered and burned brush around the perimeter of the fire. After break the group made a concerted effort to drag all the cut stuff from higher ground and get it burning, so we had another big blaze even as the volunteers were walked back to the parking lot. Good day, pretty day, with lots accomplished!