This was a combination brush-cutting and cleanup day near the north end of Old Country Lane at Spears. While we were doing our work, a Forest Preserves crew, augmented by FOTFP Palos crew, was doing a prescribed burn several hundred yards away. It was quite interesting to watch the lines of smoke rise as they moved through their target area.
As for us, we were a feisty group of log-tossers, building just one fire for easier containment on a breezy day. We loaded it up well and kept it cooking throughout the morning, and when we departed the area was more open and inviting. Much better for the next prescribed burn which comes to the area!
A big thank you to Kevin Neary of FPCC for getting several departing volunteers through the smoke expeditiously at day's end.
Hidden Pond Sunday March 8
Kevin Connolly of Kennedy HS brought a group of 20+ students to our Sunday morning session. We worked along Kean Avenue, tackling an especially nasty tangle of buckthorn, honeysuckle, and multi-flora a short walk in from the road. Thanks to first-time Palos volunteer Michelle (brought by daughter Mary from OLCHS) for joining us, here and again at our afternoon party.
Thanks also to newly minted brush pile burn boss Michael for tending a tricky fire until we shut it down early due to increasing winds and decreasing humidity. We left leave some brush on the ground, which will be dealt with next time out.
Palos Spring Party Sunday March 8
Did I mention Sunday was the first day of summer? Maybe not quite but you could've fooled me. We held our spring potluck at Sagawau E.L.C. and had another tempting array of treats from our cooks and bakers. Nagin (Sagawau naturalist) took us outside to view the emerging skunk cabbage (another encouraging sign).
Heartfelt thanks to all who attended, sharing their time and culinary talents with us.