Chainsaw Cleanups

  1. Trying the 25hp outboard from Troupville Boat Ramp, Little and Withlacoochee Rivers 2024-04-07.

    [Trying 25hp outboard, Troupville Boat Ramp, Little and Withlacoochee Rivers, Chainsaw Outing 2024-04-07]
    Trying 25hp outboard, Troupville Boat Ramp, Little and Withlacoochee Rivers, Chainsaw Outing 2024-04-07

  2. Pictures: Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle, Withlacoochee River 2024-03-02

    Many deadfalls (fallen dead trees) previously sawed out of the way by numerous WWALS Chainsaw Cleanups were visible. Outings leader Phil Hubbard sawed through a remaining deadfall during the paddle.

    Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman used the jon boat with 9.9hp outboard paid for by a grant from Wild Green Future (WGF) to saw several deadfalls off the Withlacoochee River.

    The weather held off and 42 paddlers had a good time on the Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle from Langdale Park Boat Ramp down the Withlacoochee River, around the Little River Confluence, and up to Troupville Boat Ramp. Only a few people fell in, and they were good sports. The City Manager needs a bigger boat.

    [Mayor and Chairman's Paddle, Withlacoochee River, 2024-03-02]
    Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle, Withlacoochee River, 2024-03-02

  3. Crowe Deadfall chainsaw cleanup 2024-03-01

    Bobby McKenzie was right to be worried about the Crowe Deadfall, a big oak seen for years across the Withlacoochee River between I-75 and GA 133.

    Yesterday evening we cleared that and two other deadfalls.

    By cleared, I mean at the Crowe Deadfall stay way left: there’s a narrow passage for the Fifth Annual Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle. See you at Langdale Park Boat Ramp this morning.

    [Three deadfalls cleared between Troupville and I-75 2024-03-01]
    Three deadfalls cleared between Troupville and I-75 2024-03-01

  4. Pictures: Chainsaw Cleanup, Sugar Creek, Withlacoochee River 2024-02-28

    This was supposed to be the last one. How wrong we were.

    Yesterday, Phil Hubbard and I cleared the last deadfall before Saturday’s Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle.

    [Sunset chainsaw, Sugar Creek, Withlacoochee River 2024-02-28]
    Sunset chainsaw, Sugar Creek, Withlacoochee River 2024-02-28

    We think even Valdosta Mayor Scott James Matheson can paddle up Sugar Creek now.

    Phil made the last cut using the Husqvarna 460 Rancher 24-inch chainsaw paid for by Wild Green Future (WGF). The same WGF grant paid for the trolling motor and batteries we used with the WWALS Bass Fisher boat.

    Here is WWALS video:
    https://youtu.be/IV0T6ZMJLCI?si=4jTFODzAIdWxVx31

  5. Pictures: Chainsaw cleanup from Troupville up to Sugar Creek and back 2024-02-25

    First one with the WGF 9.9hp outboard, trolling motor, and batteries.

    This was supposed to be the final sweep before the Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle. But there were more….

    It’s a good thing we sent to see: yesterday we found a huge new deadfall completely across the Withlacoochee River, on the route of the Mayor and Chairman’s Paddle, coming up Saturday, March 2, 2024.

    [Big new deadfall, chainsaw, trolling motor, outboard 2024-02-25]
    Big new deadfall, chainsaw, trolling motor, outboard 2024-02-25

    Here’s a WWALS video:
    https://youtu.be/3-143xjW1pI?si=puDKyoATFhg6oqkq

  6. Boat Motor Tryouts, Troupville Boat Ramp, Little River 2024-02-18

    Successful boat trials at Action Stage on the Little River!

    Five of us went down to Troupville Boat Ramp, just west of Valdosta, Georgia, to test out some new boat motors.

    [9.9hp outboard and 86lb thrust trolling motor (thanks, Wild Green Future) and jon boat (thanks, Flint Riverkeeper) and Bass Fisher (WWALS)]
    9.9hp outboard and 86lb thrust trolling motor (thanks, Wild Green Future) and jon boat (thanks, Flint Riverkeeper) and Bass Fisher (WWALS)

    Here’s a WWALS video playlist:
    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKwQ5xfKf-QznYIX_GRvlK7Rc4P_Ms5DG&si=ll_y4evyoJbmxSgu

  7. Pictures: Sugar Creek to Troupville Chainsaw Cleanup, Withlacoochee River 2024-02-11

    First one with the WGF chainsaw.

    Three of us cleared boating passage between the Sugar Creek WaterGoat on the Withlacoochee River behind the Valdosta YMCA and Wood Valley, around the future Troupville Nature Park and River Camp, past the Little River Confluence, then upstream on the Little River to Troupville Boat Ramp.

    Thanks to Phil Hubbard for leading, and his Stihl chainsaw and electric chainsaw, to Shawn O’Connor for using his polesaw.

    [Sawing Hurricane and other deadfalls, Sugar Creek, Withlacoochee River, Troupville Boat Ramp 2024-02-11]
    Sawing Hurricane and other deadfalls, Sugar Creek, Withlacoochee River, Troupville Boat Ramp 2024-02-11

    I brought the new Husqvarna 460 Rancher 24-inch chainsaw, paid for through a generous grant by Wild Green Future.

    That grant also paid for some other things you will see in the near future.

  8. Pictures: Chainsaw Cleanup, Withlacoochee River, Langdale Park to Sugar Creek –Phil Royce 2024-02-03

    This was supposed to be the last chainsaw cleanup on this stretch, but there turned out to be more deadfalls.

    [Banners, bass fisher, chain saws, Withlacoochee River, Langdale Park to Sugar Creek 2024-02-03]
    Banners, bass fisher, chain saws, Withlacoochee River, Langdale Park to Sugar Creek 2024-02-03

  9. Pictures: Langdale Park to Sugar Creek Withlacoochee River Chainsaw Cleanup 2024-01-27

    We got some deadfalls out of the way of canoe and kayak paddling, between Langdale Park Boat Ramp and Sugar Creek on the Withlacoochee River, January 27, 2024.

    Thanks to Phil Hubbard for leading and doing the most sawing, to Shawn O’Connor for sawing, to Russell Allen McBride for collecting trash, and I also sawed, although I did not video myself doing it.

    The weather was sunny and warm. The water level was about 119.3 NAVD 1988 on the US 41 (North Valdosta Road) USGS gauge.

    [Got some deadfalls, more to do, Langdale Park to Sugar Creek, 2024-01-27]
    Got some deadfalls, more to do, Langdale Park to Sugar Creek, 2024-01-27

    A few that didn’t happen, or weren’t actually on the river:

  10. Pictures: Suwannee River Chainsaw Cleanup, Three Steps Landing to Fargo, GA 2023-06-10

    The second Suwannee River Chainsaw Cleanup went well. Got a little hot in the middle, and rained towards the end.

    [Chainsawing deadfalls, Suwannee River 2023-06-10]
    Chainsawing deadfalls, Suwannee River 2023-06-10

    But the rain came only after we cleared four deadfalls above Fargo Ramp and Reeves Landing:

     

  11. Pictures: Cleanup below Knights Ferry, Withlacoochee River 2023-04-08.

    Josh Tison reported the Withlacoochee River blocked by a trash jam. He and Marla Tison and Bobby Higgs came out to help clear it, with chainsaws, on Yet Another Cleanup Knights Ferry to Nankin, Withlacoochee River, 2023-04-08.

    An alligator jumped off the target trash jam just after I nosed my boat into it. Russell Allen McBride and Josh Tison walked on it. It was covered with trash, as were many other spots along the river.

    The combination of trash brands again indicates it came from Valdosta: Cookout, Bojangles, and Jackson Hewitt, for example.

    All this floating Valdosta trash is in Brooks County, because the county line between Brooks and Lowndes County is the east bank of the Withlacoochee River. And three Brooks County people came with their motor boat and chainsaws to clean up some of it.

    [Collage, Cleanup, KF to Nankin, 2023-04-08]
    Collage, Cleanup, KF to Nankin, 2023-04-08

  12. Pictures: Griffis to Fargo, Suwannee River 2022-12-29

    Moral: never do a chainsaw cleanup with only one working chainsaw.

    This chainsaw cleanup finished well before dark, Suwannee River, Griffis to Fargo 2022-12-29. Thanks, TJ Johnson for leading it, and Shirley Kokidko for getting the wettest.

    [Griffis, Deadfall, Gauge, Fargo 2022-12-29]
    Griffis, Deadfall, Gauge, Fargo 2022-12-29

    The Fargo gauge was about 2.47 feet (93.07′ NAVD88) and the Above Fargo gauge was about 4.93′ (95.93′ NAVD88).

    We found one deadfall already cut and we cut another one.

    We found three more: one to duck and float under, one to drag under to the left, and one requiring portage. We shall return.

  13. Pictures: Chainsaw Cleanup Withlacoochee River 2022-10-16

    There must be a better way to order pizza.

    [Start, chainsaws, pizza, sandbars]
    Start, chainsaws, pizza, sandbars

    The good news: we did get pizza delivered on the river during the Chainsaw Cleanup, Withlacoochee River 2022-10-16. We cleared many logjams. Some of them we had sawed at higher water levels several times before. It seemed like we were a relix rock band doing a greatest hit tour. And at twelve hours we beat our record of taking longer than expected.

    Our advice if you want to try paddling this stretch with the water this low (3.6′ or 113.8′ NAVD88) on the US 41 (North Valdosta Road) USGS Gauge?

    Don’t.

    Not unless you want to drag your boat much of the way. Also, stock up on magnesium and vitamin C for the muscle cramps.

  14. Pictures: Chainsaw Cleanup, Sugar Creek to Troupville, 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.

    [Banners, Chainsaws, Trash, River]
    Banners, Chainsaws, Trash, River

    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.

    The water level on the Valdosta US 41 gauge was 6.05′ (116.35′ NAVD88).

    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.

  15. Pictures: Chainsaw Cleanup, Withlacoochee River, Troupville 2022-06-25

    Five of us with five or six chainsaws cleared more than three log jams out of the Withlacoochee River above the Little River Confluence, and collected some trash, in the Chainsaw cleanup, Troupville Boat Ramp to Withlacoochee River 2022-06-25.

    [banners, boats, sandbars, and saws]
    banners, boats, sandbars, and saws

    We’ll be back at it after about six weeks, i.e., probably in August. The current goal is to clear the stretches from Langdale Park Boat Ramp past Sugar Creek, and on around to Troupville Boat Ramp. Fortunately there are no log jams on the Little River from the ramp to the Confluence, but there are plenty left on the Withlacoochee River.

  16. Pictures: Chainsaw Cleanup Withlacoochee 2022-06-05

    A few hours work by Phil Hubbard and Bobby McKenzie cleared a bunch of small and one huge logjam on the Withlacoochee River, downstream from the Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge, in Lowndes County, Georgia, in another chainsaw cleanup.

    We will be doing more of these chainsaw cleanups. Stay tuned here, or watch for them on https://wwals.net/outings/ You do not have to chainsaw; you can come clean up.

    [Before, during, after]
    Before, during, after

    That’s downstream from Sugar Creek, which drains most of Valdosta, including its trash, some of which you can see in this logjam.

  17. Chainsaw cleanup pictures, Withlacoochee River 2022-05-29

    [Logjam, Sawing, Cleanup, Banners]
    Logjam, Sawing, Cleanup, Banners

  18. Mayor, Council, volunteers, helped WWALS clean up Sugar Creek and Withlacoochee River 2022-05-07,

    When Russell says don’t bring a boat to a cleanup, bring a boat for use as a garbage scow. Fortunately, Valdosta Mayor Scott James brought a boat. He and Council Andy Gibbs helped clean up at Sugar Creek and the Withlacoochee River, in that Council district. We filled that kayak with trash, floated it down the river, loaded it on the Mayor’s truck, and he drove it straight to No Water No Beer at Georgia Beer Co. (his idea).

    The Mayor and Phil Hubbard sawed off some deadfalls, clearing passage in the creek. Thanks to them and all the other volunteers for this cleanup. Special thanks to Russell for organizing it.

    [Sugar Creek, Withlacoochee River, trash, Valdosta Mayor and Council]
    Sugar Creek, Withlacoochee River, trash, Valdosta Mayor and Council

  19. Pictures: Langdale Park Withlacoochee River logjam, Sugar Creek, Salty Snapper 2021-05-15

    In which the Mayor of Valdosta sawed off a deadfall with a sawzall.

    [Boats, Withlacoochee River, Deadfalls, Sugar Creek, Salty Snapper]
    Boats, Withlacoochee River, Deadfalls, Sugar Creek, Salty Snapper

  20. Apparently there was an impromptu chainsaw cleanup below Sugar Creek behind the YMCA 2018-10-26.

    No pictures.

  21. A handsaw at least, below the YMCA below Sugar Creek. 2018-10-20.

    No pictures.

  22. First use of WWALS Bass Fisher pontoon boat and trolling motor, apparently with chainsaws, apparently downstream from Langdale Park. 2018-10-19.

    No pictures.

  23. Langdale Park downstream chainsaw outing 2018-05-21

    No pictures.

  24. New fallers and a sign on the bridge: pictures of Kayaktivism 2015-10-03.

    Special thanks to Ashlie’s father and brother for clearing deadfalls before the event.