Our Olympic-caliber vine-wrestling team assembled in the parking lot for another round of "hack and stumble". I'm blown away by the energy our volunteers throw into this decidedly challenging task, and each increment we clear is worthy of celebration.
The goal in clearing the brush, and bittersweet vines, is to facilitate tree thinning, which will happen in two days, on January 7. It takes repeated forays to create real change in this piece of land.
Swallow Cliff Woods South Sunday January 1
Despite a damp morning, this went exceedingly well. Joy got the fire going (no surprise there!), Joe cut with the chainsaw, while the rest of us cut and dragged across a sizeable area in the south woods.
One budding thicket of small honeysuckles was trying to establish itself, and we took care of them as well as numerous outliers near the westernmost of two ephemeral ponds inside the south trail loop. Come spring, when I do that loop, it's going to be so much better to NOT see this patch of brush greening up. Awesome!