Our first restoration day of the New Year came under threat of rough weather, with both rain and snow in the forecast. We arrived to a light mist that eventually faded, and close to noon snowflakes began to appear. It was no hindrance, didn't even cause us to break stride as we built two fires and cleared a patch of honeysuckle and multiflora rose not far from the parking lot.
As the snow fell we noticed how the heat from each of the fires created a snow-free zone that extended in a sizeable perimeter. I tried to capture this in a photo, below; it's hard to see because the snow was minimal at that point.
Grant Work in the Preserves
This week McClaughrey Springs steward Diana Krug informed me that grant work at her site had started. This is funded by a grant obtained by Friends of the Chicago River.
I took an icy walk on the Yellow Trail yesterday to check this out; they've begin cutting brush close to La Grange Road. Brush-mowing is also in the plan, this to be done closer to Mill Creek. I heard what might have been mechanized equipment but did not venture in due to brisk winds and the risk of falling limbs (trees, not mine).