This was the last of our "big" winter workdays - thanks again to Kathy Bruch of Atrium Landscape for her generous donation of the Atrium chainsaw crew. They make an enormous difference in the amount of work we get done over the winter.
In addition to the Atrium sawyers, we had the Palos and Fox River crews from Friends of the Forest Preserves, students from Baker College Prep HS in Chicago, several first-time volunteers (Jack, Hannah, Geoff, hope I didn't miss any) and our usual complement of motivated volunteers.
We worked over a large area going up and over the top of a bluff and accomplished much. Great day!
Swallow Cliff Woods South, March 5
The second in our series of new Swallow Cliff days went well. We had several new volunteers, some returnees, and an abundance of enthusiasm. Working near a highly-trafficked trail - rare for our Palos sites - gives us the chance to evangelize with passers-by. It also allows you to pass by on another day and think "Hey, I helped with that."
Cap Sauers Holdings Sunday March 5
I wasn't able to make this one, will update the post after I get some feedback from those who did.
Paddock Woods March 8
This was a very windy day so we relocated to a spot where a hill and wall of brush blocked much of the wind. Honeysuckle heaven, as much of the yet-to-be-managed areas in Paddock are. We were right on the edge where past contract work finished and had some plump, feisty honeysuckles to take down. Which we did...