This was one of those Jekyll/Hyde weekends; mid-teens leaving the house Saturday morning, definitely toe-warmer stuff. Near-sixty degrees by Sunday afternoon. Saturday was the last of the season's scheduled tree-thinning days so the chill was welcome. Hauling the big stuff generates enough warmth to keep you cozy and frozen ground precludes wallowing in the muck.
We had at least five fires going and an energetic group hauling and feeding them. First-time Palos volunteer Shaun joined us (and returned Sunday at Black Partridge), and Michael completed a second brush pile burn observation.
Black Partridge Woods Sunday March 1
This was the second session in our collaboration with FPCC, Citgo, and National Recreation and Park Association. We had 16 volunteers, including Palos first-timers Eric, Shelly, Sandra, and Juan. Steve knocked so many honeysuckles down with his chainsaw that we didn't get it all on the fires. Volunteer Mai completed her second brush pile burn observation on this day.
Thanks to the sponsors funding this work (& our lunch!), to Raquel Garcia-Alvarez from FPCC for getting the grant, and to the 30+ volunteers who participated over the two days at Partridge. Sagawau E.L.C. plans an Earth Day Service Day on Saturday April 18 and Arbor Service Day on Sunday April 26, both taking place at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in Lemont. Both will be 9 - noon.
Cap Sauers Holding Sunday March 1
After such a good turnout in the morning we still had another dozen for this session. Super! First time Palos volunteers included Josh, Ryleigh, Alycia, Mary, Lia (& dad), Chelsea (& friend).
Was it the weather, the 58 degree official high we hit? Was it the sunshine, cabin fever, spring fever? Whatever the case, we benefited, returning to the hill above the wetland, clearing and burning more honeysuckle.