We had an icy walk-in to separate the wide-awake from those who were not. Another good group, with three large though reluctant fires. I had another commitment and didn't get back 'til noon, and I don't imagine Joe got out until near sunset. It was productive, to be sure, and we even left enough work for another session there.
The best part of volunteering in the preserves is the people, whether it's connecting with new people or renewing connections with those from the past. Newbies or veterans, they're the best!
Hidden Pond Woods Sunday February 13
While we had equipment trouble with the chainsaws, old-school muscle power came through as it usually does. We were about a dozen, including first-time Palos volunteers Maria and Sofia. Joy celebrated her one-year anniversary of volunteering by managing the brush pile, and Joe, who recently took the Practical Herbicide class, hit a goodly number of stumps to finish his day.
Some king-sized honeysuckles grow right along the drainage ditch that bisects the preserve. We tackled some of the biggest, slow going but sure to keep the blood moving and body heat up.