Tuesday, February 10, 2009


The picture above shows a forest restored to its original condition and cleared of Buckthorn after my son's Mighty Acorn's class cut out this invasive species from a section of Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve. Buckthorn, which is not native to our area, shades out native wildflowers which typically carpet the forest floor and prevents them from flowering.
These kids, all aged 12 and under, managed to remove quite a pile of debris. I was proud of the work they did and look forward to seeing the results of their efforts when wildflowers poke their heads up from the ground and bloom this spring.

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