It began with a plan...

(Formerly the Durbin Creek Wilderness Society)

This project began May 1st, 2011 when Eric Bersinger and Josh Woods paddled Durbin Creek and made the decision to "re-open" the "Historic Bartram Canoe Trail" of log-jams, fallen trees and get rid of illegally dumped materials around the Bartram Canoe Trail Park and launch area. In January 2012, Chris Naff, a St. Johns County Firefighter, joined us for some time. Chris is now the owner of River to Sea Kayak and a Level 4 ACA Instructor at Riverwind Kayak.

...We are the Waterway Stewards of Durbin Creek and The Bartram Canoe Trail... volunteer citizens making a difference...

We are the recipients of the prestigious "2012 Green Paddle Award for Waterway Conservation" Presented by The American Canoe Association for outstanding contribution to paddlesport by protecting America's Waterways.

We are the recipients of the 2013 "In The Trenches Award" presented by The Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida. Our award was given during the 22nd annual Mayors Environmental Awards luncheon with this years theme, Advancing Environmental Stewardship.

..for contact information about this, donation based, conservation, restoration and clean-up non-profit organization, The Clean Waterway Society, Inc email: bartramcanoetrail@yahoo.com

..Donations can be mailed to The Clean Waterway Society 1212 Ribbon Road, St. Johns Florida 32259...with our Sincere Thanks!....

..while viewing our blog..note there are several pages of "older posts" to check out...


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

..The "Tale of the Terrible Tom Turkeys"...

 ..Yesterday morning I went to The Bartram Canoe Trail Park off 
Racetrack to test a trolling motor and encountered 2 rogue
 wild turkeys on the entrance road..

 ..As soon as they saw me they came directly toward my car in
an aggressive manner seemingly as though I had food for them 
and they wanted it! One turkey jumped up on my hood of my car
 and scratched it pretty bad!..

 ..You normally are lucky if you see a wild turkey from a distance.
These 2 were no joke...so of course I shot some crazy 
close up photographs of them..

...From my car view, Horn Honking, kayak paddle slapping, 
yelling, blowing my whistle nothing bothered these 2 kooks..
This is why mama said not to feed the wild animals...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

..A day in the life..

..In our 4th year we've been able to improve our gear
 through generous donations. This is our Husqvarna Rancher...

 ..The SOG Fasthawk Axe..

 ..Heading to the next cut..

 .."Cut day" on The Bartram Canoe Trail on Durbin Creek
 with Photographer Cody Jordan and Dalton Boivin..

..This is Volunteer Citizen Waterway Stewardship...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Bartram Canoe Trail is Back! Oct 6th 2014

 ..JEA Power line view, September 9th as the Water Hyacinth
 overgrowth began to die..

 ..I'm pleased to share with you today's view, the recent
heavy rains have flushed the plant material both downstream
 and far out into the swamp and flood plain...

..South shore view at the power lines showing decaying plant 
material mixed with alligator weed with native fragrant water
 lilies on the north shore...

..One of the remaining floating vegetation mats..

...The Bartram Canoe Trail on Durbin Creek is in flood stage
 and in glorious paddling condition once again...

..I paddled so quiet this juvenile gator never knew I was on him.
I saw 3 alligators today that were 5 to 7 feet long, 4 juveniles 
and 6 baby gators...

..My old bud, "Bullfrogouflage"...

..Flooding of this massive watershed has restored the creeks
 surface waters once again, you need paddle now to experience
 the high water. Paddle in Mid-November for
Durbin Creeks prettiest fall colors...

Monday, September 15, 2014

We would like to ask for your help...

...We need a home..
 Since May of 2011 we have been
 gathering all types of gear, tools, boats and trailers to perform
waterway clean-ups and stewardship work. We need some type of a
 donated warehouse or building to be able to grow our organization.
This is just an example of a warehouse set up with a
 small office and a larger open space for our gear and tools.
You way not know of any place for us but you might know someone who does..
..We simply need to connect to the right person who believes in us..
...Thank You, Eric, Josh and Shannon...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Durbin Creek Flood Stage 9/9/14

..This was Roger Linville's July 7th Photo...

..This is the same spot today, 2 months later 
"the green monster" is dying. I paddled today to see how the flooded 
conditions on Durbin affected the water hyacinth mass...

..The JEA Powerline Clog...the worst one still..

..The second worst clog just west of Corklan Branch Creek

..gator chillin..

..mini shrooms..

..A Raccoon Family out foraging in the swamp
after today's rains....

..A Bald Faced Hornet Nest built high overhead... 

..A Fishing Spider waits...

..The Non Poisonous Banded Water Snake...

..Fall is coming to Durbin Creek...

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Good News for Durbin Creek!!

The water hyacinth growth is either dying on it's own or in some
 areas it looks like someone sprayed the plant material with a 
chemical. The overall mass is greatly reduced and The Bartram
Canoe Trail just needs people to paddle the creek!

..I solo paddled Durbin Creek Thursday morning from the launch
 to Sampsons Bridge and found only 2 areas left that
 are difficult to paddle through. We will gather a crew 
soon to attack these 2 areas and "Get our Creek Back!"...
(These 2 pics from my phone camera)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

..Find your sunrise..

 ..Alarm set 5:20am....

 ..Study the radar for Eastern Atlantic cloud formations...

..Get Out...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

..find your creek...

..While Durbin Creek is "out of commission"
 we are exploring other creek systems...

..waiting for a meal to fly up..

..a green heron fish hunting..

..looks like a safe place to land...

 
 ..a non-poisonous brown water snake..

..the morning was full of butterflies...

..another brown water snake waits for his next meal...

..get out and find your creek...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Durbin Creek Crisis Summer 2014

Roger Linville and some friends tried to paddle the Bartram Canoe
 Trail yesterday. This is just one 400 foot section of complete
 coverage. This is the sad reality of this environmental
disaster due to an invasive plant overgrowth of
water hyacinths..
...No one knows how this will end...

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bartram Canoe Trail-Summer 2014 Update

..Nice to find the wooden trash can housing smashed in by someone,
our wooded hand launch sign was smashed, broken and tossed in the
 woods and the picnic table boards are smashed and broken...

..Summer water levels still on the low side, dependent on more
 summer rains, Durbin Creek is in water hyacinth overgrowth
 crisis this summer. You can't paddle more than about a
 mile from the launch now...

..2 citizen volunteers have been cleaning the park and
 maintaining the trash can going on our 4th year..

Here comes Bartram Creek subdivision, 1 block from Durbin Creek,
there goes the neighborhood!...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Meet Doug Andrews..."The Silver Fox"

Our friend Doug Andrews lives deep in the Ocala National Forest,
he builds canoes, paddles, knives and small animal figures...

 ..His shop in the woods..
Doug is a member of The White Buffalo Society, he attends many
 Pow Wows and Native American gatherings..

 ..Doug teaching Matt and Lindsey about knife making..
Lindsey Larson is a family member of Doug and our
 connection to this amazing craftsman..

..Picking up our paddles day! Left to right the paddles are Eric's
Malecite & Fort William, Matt's Tahitian, Doug's Fort William in
 Black Walnut and Lindsey's Eskimo Kayak Paddle, all of ours
 are Western Red Cedar, a very special wood...

...This is Doug's view directly next to his home and shop
looking toward the north...a very special place
 lives this very special man...