No restoration work in Palos on Saturday as many of us attended Wild Things in Rosemont. This was a good conference, the biggest challenge came in selection which speaker to see in each time slot. I guess I chose well as none of them disappointed.
The breadth of topics was amazing and the day passed quickly.
Windy Sunday February 24
We canceled both our Sunday sessions due to wind speeds far too strong to safely work in a woodland. Not a bad choice either; yesterday I visited our would-be work site at Swallow Cliff Woods and found a newly fallen dead tree within spitting distance of one of our brush piles from our last visit.
Several broken limbs from the white pines near the parking lot also lay on the ground close to where we walk in. So no regrets over the cancellation. Though we hate to lose the day (and we've lost several recently) there truly is a time to let prudence rule. Thanks for that, Jackie and Diana!
While we work feverishly to remove buckthorn when we see it, the colors of its wood are undeniably striking. Amber Kunz, member of the FOTFP Palos crew and regular volunteer at Sundown Meadow, created the plaque seen below from a cut wedge of buckthorn. Check it out.