Volunteer Chattahoochee WMA Cleanup

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Kyle, little cleaner now. 3 bags cans and bottles. Vandiver branch to low gap. Whole place still needs work.
Did you go in there and clean?! If you did, that is what I love to see!! Did you go alone?! That is absolutely outstanding LONGTOM!!! I cannot adequately express my gratitude! That's how to lead the way my friend!!!!
 
#22
Kyle, I have been fishing up there for over 60 years and hunting for nearly that long. I did not go below the road, too steep so there is plenty left for u kids lol. No I did not have anyone with me but when I am up there I am not alone!
 
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Kyle, I have been fishing up there for over 60 years and hunting for nearly that long. I did not go below the road, too steep so there is plenty left for u kids lol. No I did not have anyone with me but when I am up there I am not alone!
That's really cool. GON is such a great place, especially the Bear Forum. Great group of men.
 
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Thank you so much LONGTOM. Feel free to join us on the 11th, but I believe you have already done your part regardless! I just had another volunteer sign up on the NGTO forum. He is from Lawrenceville. That makes two new volunteers from Gwinnett County today. The other was from Duluth. We are growing! We still need more volunteers. I am hoping we can muster around 20-30 by the 11th. Right now we are sitting around 12-15 solid, for sure volunteers.
LONGTOM, thank you again a million times. We need more folks like you roaming these woods!!!
 
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Flier

Here is a flier my friend Tracy made for me. We are putting some up at state parks, college classrooms, and around Helen and at Ravens Cliffs.

 
#26
I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to make it the 11th Kyle a good friend is moving that weekend and I had previously promised to help. This is a real good thing you're doing and I was looking forward to meeting ya'll but a mans gotta keep his word. He's definitely gonna make it worth my while, I've got a feeling I'll be coming home with a like-new tiller plus change. He wont need it where he's going. I'll do some clean-up on Coopers Creek and Blue Ridge WMAs to make up for it.
 
#27
Great idea! Cannot be there but will do some clean up my next time out for sure. Hopefully this has a ripple effect and the people who read this and cant be there will be motivated to do their part next time they are in the public woods!
 
#28
I'll never understand people who litter. Anywhere. But especially on F.S./WMA roads and trails. What kind of people have the motivation to walk a couple of miles to see a beautiful waterfall yet cant carry their empty water bottles and beer cans back out with them? I see it all the time. Must not have had any raising.
 

35 Whelen

Senior Member
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I always bring out some litter, especially used fishing line, when trout fishing on the Hooch. One time collected a 55 gallon trash bag full of trash from one campsite right below the Check Station. I also cannot understand why people will trash National Forest land.
 
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I always bring out some litter, especially used fishing line, when trout fishing on the Hooch. One time collected a 55 gallon trash bag full of trash from one campsite right below the Check Station. I also cannot understand why people will trash National Forest land.
Thanks for doing your part 35Whelen! Those campsites below the check station are now closed thanks to the trash dumpers. ALL of the sites. Each one now has a "no camping" sign as well as a "no dumping trash" signs. Its sad because I used to utilize all of those campsites quite a lot, and now the trash dumpers have ruined than not only for myself, but for all of us! Keep up the good worm my man! Even after this event, I'll still be doing some individual work days throughout the year because throughout the tourist season, we know a lot of this trash is going to reappear.
 
#32
I will never understand why people litter the same places they want to sleep and walk around in. I guess I'll just chalk it up to city folk mentality: that it's someone else's problem!

That being said, I'd love to help and will try to bring a few people with me. It's great stewardship, enough to make the boy scouts jealous.
 
#33
I will never understand why people litter the same places they want to sleep and walk around in. I guess I'll just chalk it up to city folk mentality: that it's someone else's problem!
Unfortunately, it's not just city folk. I know plenty of folks around here that are just plain slobs in respect to stewardship.
 
#34
You're absolutely right on this. City folks are part of the problem, but they dont haul couches, chairs, appliances and heaps of old tires up here to dump. These special kind of people live nearby. Theres a road off Owltown that will make you sick to your stomach. Several truckloads of the above dumped along it. Some well-meaning but not very bright individual has spray-painted "PIGS" on the trees above it with arrows pointing to it, apparently not realizing that they were defacing the place as much as the dumpers. I'd like to clean it up, but much of it is below the road and would take several men to muscle up to the road.
 
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I will be back up there one day this week,might even make it on saturday too. We need to lead by example and Kyle and this bunch are doing just that. Any boy scouts will be welcome too.
 

futbolwest

Senior Member
#36
Clean up

Not a bear hunter but I have been fishing and camping up there since the mid seventies.

I am reffing soccer games Friday evening at East Hall and plan on going to DeSoto Falls to camp Friday night late. I will be at Raven Cliffs Saturday morning before 9 to help. I dont know the road and creek names like most of you guys so I might have to team up with a local.

I appreciate you putting this together Killer.
 
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Not a bear hunter but I have been fishing and camping up there since the mid seventies.

I am reffing soccer games Friday evening at East Hall and plan on going to DeSoto Falls to camp Friday night late. I will be at Raven Cliffs Saturday morning before 9 to help. I dont know the road and creek names like most of you guys so I might have to team up with a local.

I appreciate you putting this together Killer.
futbolwest, glad to have you brother!! Look forward to meeting you man! Bear hunting is not a requirement, I just put it in this thread because I knew it'd be seen by a lot of locals and people who frequently use the WMA. Thank you so much for joining in!!

Fear not, you need not know the WMA inside and out! I've got maps labeled for everybody, and will designate individuals who are familiar with certain areas to lead convoys to the designated work areas. I will also be there to personally direct individuals, and will be leading a group as well. You'll be in good hands my friend!
 
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things to consider:

I heard back from Scott from DNR today. Aside from the general trash, I asked him if they had the capability to dump larger items that are there like mattresses, chairs, a 15' aluminum.....pole? (I swear to God, it looks like a sailboat mast!). He said we can put everything in or around the dumpster at Raven's Cliffs, and the people that dump it "Chattahoochee Mgmt. I believe) will take care of it. We are going to get a LOT of trash out of this deal. I am anticipating a significant amount. We will also get a lot of aluminum cans to be donated to the City of Cornelia Fire Dept.

As Saturday draws nigh, I'd like to make some points for all the volunteers to consider:

-Bring your waders, and wading staff or walking stick as you may be assigned to work areas that require you to get in and cross or work around the river.

-As it stands, we're looking at the potential for rain. Be prepared with a rain jacket or poncho.

-Bring your food (lunch and or snacks), water, trash bags, and layers of clothes in order to be prepared for variable weather conditions.

-Most of us will be working well away from a restroom. We're all human, and you know what I'm getting at: BRING TP!!! Haha...some of you may need it, some may not. Just be prepared.

-Bring work gloves. If you do not own a pair of gloves to work in, I have ten pairs of utility gloves I can provide. I also have latex gloves I can provide.

-Although I recommend bring your own trash bags, I have about 45 contractor cleanup bags, and will divide them out among the work groups, and they can handle items with sharp edges, glass, and heavy or large items.

-Some of us are going to get wet, and some of us are going to get dirty. Some of us are going to be both. If you have germex, or a similar sanitizer, it might be a good time to bring some just in case.
 
Thread starter #39
I found a 3rd mattress on the WMA today while scouting for trash. Three mattress in the last three weeks. This workday should yield some "gem" finds this weekend. I am excited to see what weird stuff we collect!
 
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Alright folks. Workday starts tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. at Ravens Cliffs. Be there or be square!!! It will be chilly, so bring a jacket!! Being gloves, food, water, TP, and bags if you want, but I will have bags to hand out. Being a smile, and willingness to work! If you miss the 9:00 meetup, just pick a spot and start cleaning, and meet us again before 5:00 p.m. for the assessment of the loot at Ravens Cliffs!!! Look forward to seeing you all there!!
 
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