Update 2022-08-09: What made them? Pictures: Tracks, GA 133, Withlacoochee River 2022-07-30.
Everything went exactly as planned for Chainsaw Cleanup Returns, Withlacoochee River, Valdosta, if the plans included two trucks getting stuck, several chainsaws getting stuck, and the whole thing taking more like ten hours than three, with no lunch.
But we cleared a bunch of deadfalls, collected many bags of trash, and recorded where the remaining deadfalls and trash are for later expeditions. That makes this stretch much more paddlable between Sugar Creek and Troupville on the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.
Thanks to the three new chainsawers, Shawn O’Connor and Grant and Art Herring, and regulars Bobby McKenzie and Russell Allen McBride. And thanks to the Good Samaritan who gave me a ride to my truck so I could use my logging chain to pull Bobby’s truck out at the take-out. Plus thanks to the two different vehicles that were used to pull my truck out at the put-in.
Note for next time: if you add a four-mile river paddle with a slow boat to chainsawing many deadfalls and the same people picking up many bags of trash, it takes longer.
There are many more pictures on the WWALS website.
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Here are a few sample pictures I took.
Thanks to Russell Allen McBride for this picture of some of us immersed in the work, and me on the WWALS sawboat.
Have to come back to saw this one off. Squeezed under it this time.
Just when you think you got the last one.
Downstream from Lake Sheri.
This landmark is easy to recognize.
Also have to come back to get this one.
There were no footprints until we made them, so it wasn’t people dragging something.
We decided not to take out here.
And yes, another one.
We had no space left for this trash, so another time.
A barge for some of the trash.
We left the trash at Troupville Boat Ramp; thanks to Lowndes County Public Works for picking it up from there.
For more WWALS outings, see: https://wwals.net/outings/
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®