Tuma Lake, re-opened recently, glistened below as we cleared brush along a ravine up above. Dragging brush up the ravine slope keeps us strong; watching the slope open up and the honeysuckle go to smoke makes us happy. We had a good group and cleared one side of the ravine almost end-to-end. This Saturday Joe plans to return and cut some more.
McClaughrey Springs Woods Sunday November 3
Sunday morning started out chilly, warming considerably as we hacked away at the honeysuckle just a stone's throw from Mill Creek. Some pretty substantial honeysuckle in there too; thanks to Dennis Kankowske for venturing south of I-55 with his chainsaw, a huge help in dealing with the larger miscreants.
We had a great mix of students and regular volunteers. We also had 50% humidity which meant fires that lit up readily, a far cry from one week earlier when wet fuel and high humidity made burning a true challenge.
Cap Sauers Holding Sunday November 3
We kept our momentum going into Sunday afternoon; maybe that's because we had several volunteers who did both sessions, thank you Ahmad, Mira, Kathy and Cyndi. We finished burning some brush left over from previous dates, cut some more, then walked down the trail to a buckthorn-y (is that even a word?) frog pond where Bob plans to cut and burn in December. Save a frog, kill a buckthorn?