Shiawassee River Cleanup Sunday July 24, 2011 at 9:00 am
Headwaters Trails will be sponsoring a river cleanup of the Shiawassee River from Bird
Road to the Byron Millpond in southern Genesee County. This section has not been
cleared in years; it has a lot of logs which means working in the water. We will do this
rain or shine.
Please join us. We will meet and start where Bird Road intersects the Shiawassee River
west of Argentine. We need people with chain saws as well as boats to transport those
saws and supplies on the river. Other tools such as a long pry bar, plastic wedges,
clippers and trash tongs are helpful. You are welcome and encouraged to come along
even if you have no tools. Once the trees are cut, they need to be anchored along the
banks to provide shore protection and fish habitat. We will also pick up any trash we are
Dress for the weather. Please bring gloves for working in the water. Wear long pants,
sturdy shoes and a hat. You may want sun block and insect repellent. If you plan to use a
chainsaw glasses and ear plugs are recommended.
Chuck Julian plans to bring four chain saws, one with a 36" bar, gas and chain oil, tie
tongs for moving logs, plastic tree cutting wedges, cables and nails for anchoring trees
along the banks of the river, a cooler of drinks and a plan to have fun. You should
consider bringing something that you will like to drink and some sort of snack. Cell
phones and cameras should be in a dry box or sealed plastic bags. Bring plenty of
enthusiasm and a get-er-done frame of mind.
We will work till around 4:00 then Maggie Yerman has generously offered to serve us
food at her Linden home on Byram Lake afterward. The cleanup was a lot of fun last
year and we expect the same this year.
Last year, we opened the river from Linden to Bird Road. This year, we would like to
complete the job. Assuming that we accomplish the task, this will leave the Shiawassee
River open for paddling from Holly to Owosso and beyond. If we do not complete the
task, we will schedule another cleanup in August.
Please call or email Chuck Julian if you are planning to come.
248-634-3513 home (you can leave a message on my answering machine)
248-866-3069 cell (note that I leave my phone in my car so I rarely have it with me.)