No rain or mist for the first Saturday in a month or more. What a treat! We built and burned several big brush piles, right in the middle of Paw Paw. Thanks to first-time Palos volunteer Michael, also to Joanna Huyck and Kris DaPra from Volunteer Resources who visited to do the Palos segment of their "People of the Preserves" program.
We'll be back at Paw Paw on Leap Day, February 29, so anyone who missed last Saturday still has a chance to help at this lovely place that we don't visit too often.
Hidden Pond Sunday February 9
We had a small group, probably due to the threat of snow showers that didn't materialize until close to noon. By that time we'd removed and burned all the honeysuckle from our target area, and steward Mary Busch was able to effectively shut things down much sooner than anticipated.
Steve's chainsaw was a big reason we finished early. Thanks to him, also to Ed Costin, a volunteer with the Kellers and others in the early days of Palos Restoration Project who had to take a bit of time off to raise a family. Good to see him back, new friends are silver, old ones are gold.