Forest Preserves of Cook County is phasing in restoration activities for its adult, trained crews. Through April 30 their activities were deemed non-essential and they were grounded. Now they will be allowed to return.
Friends of the Forest Preserves crews resumed work with garlic mustard removal, I'm told. They will transition to other tasks, like herbiciding of invasive weeds. This is great news for the land; there was no way to make garlic mustard, reed canary, or others stay at home and they certainly benefited from the absence of both professional crews and volunteers.
Still no word on when volunteer group activities will be allowed, and I don't expect that to happen real soon. One need only look at daily news reports to know we're not over the hump yet.
Meanwhile nature continues to amaze. Our native plants also are flouting the stay-at-home orders, growing and thriving throughout the county. This despite a series of cold nights, rainy days, and overall conditions that don't appear conducive to plant growth.
Chance to Win Something?
That's right. We have a lightly-loved copy of Ansel Adams' "Our National Parks" which will be awarded to the first person who answers the question found within today's slideshow below.