Wasn't able to make this one due to another commitment, but I'm told it was a productive day, with a couple chainsaws going in an area filled with numerous, pesky honeysuckles. Thanks to all who attended.
Thanks also to Teri Radke and Emily Russell from FPCC Volunteer Resources for coming out to speak with passers-by and raise awareness of our efforts and the importance of keeping local preserves healthy.
McClaughrey Springs Sunday November 7
We went back-to-back at McClaughrey Springs this weekend. Sunday was a regular volunteer session, with about ten volunteers hacking away at honeysuckle and buckthorn. Neal on the chainsaw, Diana with the brushcutter, the rest of the gang with hand tools, we cut and burned in what quickly morphed from a thicket to a nice, open area. The colors in the woodland were stunning, especially the maples with brilliant gold tones in the morning sun.
After doing a second observation, Joy will soon be a Certified Brushpile Burn Boss!!!
On Monday we had a small corporate group from Beam-Suntory, a company that does regular service days and always makes a great impact. They partner with Friends of the Chicago River on these efforts, part of their program to promote watershed sustainability. We started by burning a mess of brush from the preceding day, then took down and disposed of numerous additional buckthorns as the morning rolled on.