January 23rd found us on a wooded rise overlooking Boomerang Slough. More foot traffic here than many of our work sites, so we were able to talk the gospel of restoration to several passers-by in the course of the day. Our thanks to them for stopping to chat.
A big shout-out to Kathy Bruch and her crew of chain sawyers from Atrium Landscape. It bears repeating that Kathy donates their services to our efforts, and to the preserves, on weekends throughout the winter. They knock down everything that's marked for removal and, when we inevitably fall behind on hauling, help get it all to the fires.
Another shout-out goes to Gloria Orozco and the interns from Friends of the Forest Preserves. Whether cutting, hauling, or helping start a fire, they are unfailingly energetic and an immense help. Friends of the Forest Preserves is a not-for-profit doing great work in Cook County, a strong supporter of the restoration community.
Though late getting our fires started, we still managed to burn eight brush piles by day's end. And day's end it was; by the time the fires burned down and the last volunteers walked out, we were treated to the sight of hot embers glowing on the hillside against the falling dusk.