We started cleaning an area where a large tree-thinning project was done a couple weeks ago. With wind speeds that barely made the minimum allowed for brush pile burns, our fires were, to state it mildly, reluctant. Much coaxing and frequent use of the leaf-blower kept things going and it wound up a successful day.
Thanks to friends of the Forest Preserves, and to our regulars who threw all their energy into this effort.
Hidden Pond Sunday March 11
We had a good group, with new volunteers Rob, Nick, Emily, and Talia, and .always-welcome returnees Carrie, Devin, Steve, and Anthony. Recently, Anthony's dad, Jim, helped remove and buck some hazard trees (dead ash) along the southwest edge of the prairie, and we burned those as well as cut honeysuckle.
Unlike the previous day, the fires required no special help to get them going. This also was the first day of the spring prescribed burn season for FPCC and crews were out across the county. They do a terrific job and the areas getting burned really benefit from it.
Palos Spring Potluck Sunday March 11
We met at Sagawau in the ski lodge on a beautiful clear day with sun streaming in. Ate well, talked a lot, no interrupting shouts of "Falling" or "Timber"! My thanks to everyone who participated. Looking forward to the next party which should be our September picnic.