Several members of our group went to Theodore Stone Forest for a tree planting in memory of Deshawn Johnson, a long-time crew member with Friends of the Forest Preserves who was tragically lost earlier this year. Deshawn was a truly bright light and emerging leader in the environmental community, and will be sorely missed.
Spears Woods Saturday October 7
We cleared brush near the south edge of Boomerang Slough, fortunate to have several new volunteers (with parents), from Whitney Young freshman Biology class again. Our thanks to Ms. Smith and Ms. Garcia from Whitney Young for the assignment that turns out so many helpful volunteers.
Oh yeah, we also got chased by the impending rainstorm, had to quick-step our way out. Thanks to Carrie for checking radar and giving the alert, and to Halee who led the group across the prairie and through the woodland to the trail. Halee, if you ever apply for a position as a guide, I'll happily provide a reference.
Hidden Pond Sunday October 8
We went back-to-back Sunday with two successful efforts. Twenty-six students from Kennedy High School joined us at Hidden Pond and did a great job. Some were in the prairie collecting native seed with Mary Busch and Joe Neumann; the rest were in the woodland cutting and dragging brush to the fire. Good leadership from the three teachers helped ensure a good day.
Cap Sauers Holding Sunday October 8
I didn't get to Cap 'til the end, as volunteers were getting ready to leave, and was impressed by the area they cleared of honeysuckle. We again were blessed with numerous students, from Hoffman Estates, Walter Payton, and, again, Whitney Young High Schools. Thanks to all for the efforts. It was also good to see Patrick, who got out both Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
New friends are silver, old friends are gold, and we have an abundance of riches.
Paddock Woods Wednesday October 11
Solorio Academy HS from Chicago came on a damp, cool morning to cut and burn brush with us. The overnight rain diminished to a drizzle about the time they arrived, and we had a good time removing honeysuckle just north of the lot at Palos Park Woods South.
Hearing of the scratches barberry thorns inflict on volunteers, student Gisselle dubbed it 'barbaric'. Barbaric barberry, I like it!