Video: Chainsaw Cleanups –Phil Hubbard, WWALS Webinar 2024-04-11

Phil Hubbard, longtime WWALS paddle outings leader, on March 11, 2024, told us why he started a series of chainsaw cleanups two years ago.

He and his son paddled down the Withlacoochee River and encountered more than 20 deadfalls they had to portage. That was Father’s Day, June 19, 2016. He didn’t even know Langdale Park existed before then. They got to Troupville Boat Ramp on the Little River after dark. He joined WWALS to find a way to deal with the deadfalls.

[Video: Chainsaw Outings, --Phil Hubbard, WWALS Webinar, 2024-04-11]
Video: Chainsaw Outings, –Phil Hubbard, WWALS Webinar, 2024-04-11

We have done 21 chainsaw cleanups on the Withlacoochee River, including during the Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle this year. Phil thinks with a few more at low water, it will be good. The stretch from Langdale Park down past Sugar Creek, around the Little River Confluence and up to Troupville Boat Ramp will be a nice paddle that anybody can do.

Here is the zoom video of this WWALS Webinar about Chainsaw Cleanups by Phil Hubbard:

WWALS also did two chainsaw cleanups on the Suwannee River and one on the Little River. Here are all the ones we can remember:

Remember, not everybody has to saw on a chainsaw cleanup. There is plenty of opportunity to take pictures, pick up trash, or pull sawed-off limbs out of the way.

I’ve been on almost every chainsaw cleanup, but they never would have happened without Phil Hubbard, Bobby McKenzie, Shawn O’Connor, Josh Tison, Russell Allen McBride, Phil Royce, TJ Johnson, Shirley Kokidko, Josh Tison, and others. Even the Mayor of Valdosta has been seen to saw a deadfall.

A few things we have learned include: always have more than one working chainsaw, bring a strong pry pole, bring ropes and maybe a come-along, and maybe wrap up before dark.

We also have requests to do chainsaw cleanups upstream on the Santa Fe River in Florida, on the Alapaha River between Berrien Beach and Lakeland, and on the Little River between Kinard Bridge Landing and Red Roberts Landing on Rountree Bridge Road.

These are all easier now that we have a 9.9hp Mercury outboard and a 25hp Yamaha outboard, as well as an 86lb-thrust trolling motor and two lithium-iron batters, as well as a 24-inch Husqvarna chainsaw, all paid for by a grant from Wild Green Future. We use this equipment with a jon boat donated by Flint Riverkeeper. Many thanks!

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They are usually on the second or third Thursday of the month, from noon to 1PM. After a brief introduction, the speaker has about 45 minutes, with the remaining time for questions and answers and discussion.

They are recorded, so if you miss one, you can see it later on YouTube. Here’s a WWALS video playlist:

These WWALS Webinars are free, but we encourage you to join WWALS or otherwise donate to assist our advocacy and educational mission.

WWALS Webinars are organized by the WWALS Events Committee; maybe you’d like to join that committee and help.

About WWALS: Since June 2012, WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity working for a healthy watershed with clean, swimmable, fishable, drinkable water.

Mission: WWALS advocates for conservation and stewardship of the surface waters and groundwater of the Suwannee River Basin and Estuary, in south Georgia and north Florida, among them the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Santa Fe, and Suwannee River watersheds, through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.

Our Watershed: The 10,000-square-mile WWALS territory includes the Suwannee River from the Okefenokee Swamp to the Gulf of Mexico, plus the Suwannee River Estuary, and tributaries such as the Withlacoochee and Alapaha Rivers as far north as Cordele in Georgia, as well as parts of the Floridan Aquifer, which is the primary water source for drinking, agriculture, and industry for millions of Georgia and Florida residents.

Suwannee Riverkeeper: Since December 2016, WWALS is the WATERKEEPER® Alliance Member for the Suwannee River Basin and Estuary as Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®, which is a project and a staff position of WWALS focusing on our advocacy.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can help with clean, swimmable, fishable, drinkable, water in the 10,000-square-mile Suwannee River Basin in Florida and Georgia by becoming a WWALS member today!


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Movie: Begin Chainsaw Outings WWALS Webinar 2024-04-11

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can help with clean, swimmable, fishable, drinkable, water in the 10,000-square-mile Suwannee River Basin in Florida and Georgia by becoming a WWALS member today!