Margaret was kind enough to send pictures and an account of the weekend workdays.
Spears Woods Saturday November 12
The ravine where we worked has been a major focus of Friends of the Forest Preserves since last spring. They have cleared a large area around this ravine. On Saturday Brenda and crew worked a small prairie area nearby, pushing back brush to restore healthy prairie habitat.
With chainsaw, brush-cutter, and loppers, we opened up a good swath of woodland along a slope and down to a creek edge. We had two brush piles burning, and a rewarding day in the woods.
Hidden Pond Sunday November 13
We had a small group for our Sunday at Hidden Pond, working close to Kean Avenue and again clearing and burning brush. Mike Kazaitis, whose new job schedule makes it tough to get out, came to help, then showed again at Paddock the following Wednesday. Great to see him!
If it's Wednesday this must be Paddock. We worked near the trail leading to McClaughrey Springs. Our small crew (Doug, Mike, Cassie, and Josh) cut some pretty hefty honeysuckles, as well as a few buckthorns, some barberry and euonymus, bittersweet, and the occasional multi-flora rose.
No monoculture here, folks! A true potpourri of bad guys; you could do half the Managing Invasives plant IDs within a perimeter of 30 feet or so.
Next Wednesday Doug plans a pre-Thanksgiving lunch after the work is finished, so we're hoping the weather is half as gentle as it was today.