A great and needy nature preserve: click here for more background, ecology, nature photos, etc.
We've been hard at work drafting plans (to be approved by by the soon-to-be-formed volunteer team who will do the work).
Now the Great Kick-off has happened. What we predicted we would do (see below) we now have done! Congratulations everyone!
On Sunday, we start to tackle the mess shown below:
This "dark as a dungeon" buckthorn thicket is shading and killing the northwest edge of the best "hanging fen." Those who choose this will start to cut away and burn this mess on Sunday. (That shaft of sunlight is from the hole we cut to make an opening for our planning group to walk in.)
Or check out the photo below:
Advisor Dennis Dreher is explaining how brush along this branch of the Kishwaukee River headwaters is degrading and killing the south edge of one of the raised fens.