We had a big group Saturday; 18 volunteers - including Palos first-timer Jarrod - plus a crew of ten (or so) from Atrium Landscape, thinning trees and burning big fires at Paddock. We worked atop a hill along the eastern edge of the Yellow Trail, in sight of the parking lot.
Audra did her first brush pile burn observation, at one of ten fires we eventually had going, including three ditch fires in the ravine. Those, out of the wind, took an extra measure of the coaxing that all the fires seemed to need. With five chainsaws running there was plenty for everybody else to haul and burn. Another productive day in the woods.
Hidden Pond Woods Sunday February 12
This wasn't officially "Bring-a-Friend" Day, it just turned out that way. George brought cyclist friend Charlie, a Palos first-timer who rode from Downers Grove, while Joy brought niece Mia along with Mia's friend Curtis, also new to Palos. New volunteer Adam made it a trio marking their first Palos restoration visit. FPCC stewardship aide Emily ably led the morning activities, while five (George, Jim D, Janina, Joe, and Kent) doubled up Saturday and Sunday. Thank you, one and all!
We continued to expand our brush-clearing in the wooded area west of the prairie, getting closer to the trail on our west flank and a previously-cleared section to the north. We've made a tremendous amount of progress since we started here last fall.
An additional shout-out to Jim Dzialowy, completing his second observation and making him an official Chicago Wilderness Brushpile Burn Boss!
Paw Paw Woods Wednesday February 15
Your correspondent missed this one, which featured a small crew burning two brush piles at Paw Paw while Audra Gray completed her second brush pile burn observation. She joins Jim as a newly minted Chicago Wilderness Brushpile Burn Boss. Congrats to Audra and Jim!