This is some of the bog class working to clear buckthorn and other species of plants that are in the way of a good view of the bog from the lookout tower. It was a beautiful day -- sunny and warm, despite all the snow. It was the perfect time to do this. If we waited any longer, we'd be up to our knees in mud and water. And we'd run the risk of damaging the delicate plants underneath. We think we might have touched some poison sumac along the way -- some of us are itchy.