We had a big group at Spears Saturday; Atruim sawyers and haulers; a large contingent of regular volunteers; and seven Whitney Young HS students. Our walk in was tricky, with a thin layer of snow over a sheet of ice. Once we got going, though, the early morning cold was quickly forgotten.
The chain-sawyers cut while everyone else hauled and burned. Seven or eight big fires dotted the landscape, and a large swath was opened to more sunlight for the coming spring.
Swallow Cliff Woods Sunday February 27
We had 10 volunteers Sunday morning. They included Palos first-timers Mike, a regular at Zoo Woods and other Salt Creek sites; Wade, with past experience clearing brush farther south; and Adarsh, who was hiking the trail, stopped to chat, and decided to join us. Don't you love when that happens? I surely do.
We cleared honeysuckle on a slope above the ravine pictured below, working north and west where we'll soon reach an area already cleared by contractors. It's amazing how the combined effort of Conservation Corps, contractors, and volunteers are creating so much open woodland throughout Palos.
McMahon Woods Wednesday March 2
This was another combined effort, with another great crew from Atrium Landscape, Matt and Erin from Woods to Wetlands, and a small group of volunteers, including John Poole whom we hadn't seen for a spell. Several more fires, lots of sunshine, and a stream of sandhill cranes passing overhead were among the day's highlights.