Saturday morning we were 18 strong (plus three chainsaws) working along Crooked Creek in Pioneer Woods.That included three first-time Palos volunteers: Kerry, Joanne, and John. Thanks to all who came, for all they did.
We loaded and burned several large brush piles in what is the next-to-last tree thinning day of the season. Builds strong bodies!
Sunlight breaking through the treetops and snow lingering on north-facing surfaces made a lovely series of contrasts.
McClaughrey Springs Woods Sunday March 7
Another super turnout of 18 volunteers! This time there were five, by my count, working in Palos for the first time. Thank you Emily, Melissa, Jake, Ben, and Clara, and the rest of our hard-working team of the day.
Mill Creek was the backdrop as we cleared honeysuckle along its east bank. We had two fires, one down low, the other on higher ground, and kept them loaded all morning. Joy sent before-and-after pics which depict the extent of our clearing; they can be seen in the slideshow below.
Cap Sauers Holding Sunday March 7
First Sunday of the month we typically double up, morning and afternoon. We returned to a spot at Cap Sauers where we cut large amounts of honeysuckle last fall on a day when we could not burn, so our focus was on dragging it all to the fire. Nine volunteers in all, including first-timers in Palos Meimei, Peihong, and Mengqi, set about doing that with impressive results. Thanks again to everyone who attended, here and at our preceding sessions.
Usually when we host as many as 45 people on a single weekend it's due to a large school or other group. This time it was a lot of individual choices to 'come out to the woods', and we appreciate each of those choices.