Our first burn pile of the season was located just a few paces from the shore of Maple Lake, where we cleared brush in an area where we thinned trees several years ago. While there were quite a few invasive plants needing removal we also had some pleasant finds like an abundance of Smilax and a small clump of the native Eastern wahoo (gotta love that name!)
McClaughrey Springs Sunday September 5
We had close to a dozen volunteers on Sunday, including Palos first-timer Frank. We worked along a slope rising above Mill Creek, in close proximity to water as on the preceding day. With one chainsaw and one brush-cutter running, and great energy from all the volunteers, we opened up a large space and burned it all on two brush piles.