We had another excellent group for our tree thinning project at Pioneer Woods, including first-time Palos volunteer Mary from Flossmoor. We worked above Crooked Creek in a woodland where we've spent substantial time over the past decade or so.
I think eight or nines fires were going by 1:00 pm, might have been another started after that. Several were Joe's famous ditch fires, placed down in the bottom of the drainage/gully. A pair of advantages here - we're not burning directly over sensitive plant species, and we get to toss limbs down rather than drag them up.
In addition to our volunteers, we had a contingent of ~10 from Atrium Landscape. It's hard to exaggerate how much more gets done with the presence of these hard-working folks.
Swallow Cliff Woods Sunday February 26
Another great group on a morning that started out brisk, with the trail firm from an overnight freeze. It was a different story by 1:00 pm, when several generous hours of sun made our walk back to the parking lot a muddy slog. Upon arrival we were greeted by Canada geese on the slough to our immediate west, some of whom stuck around
We were joined by first-time Palos volunteer Cristian, as well as long-time friend of Palos Julie P (even a longer time friend to me, my significant other) and almost a dozen others. Two big honeysuckle fires (thanks, burn bosses Jim and Darien), one chainsaw, and lots of energetic bowsaw/lopper dragging happened throughout the morning.
Paddock Woods Wednesday March 1
We were a smaller group this time, with Woods to Wetlands sawyers Matt and Erin thinning trees in a quality area at Paddock. The rest of us hauled and burned, on another of these un-February-like days when the temperature can rise 20 degrees in the space of 2-3 hours. We'll have another Wednesday special next week, at McMahon Woods & Fen.