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Old 02-17-17, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default Volunteer Chattahoochee WMA Cleanup

Hi all. It's been a while since I've posted here. I've still been at it on the water, and in the woods, just lurking here mostly lately.
Last year, I thought up an idea of trying to organize a volunteer workday where workers could gather to show thanks to our local Chattahoochee WMA. Well, I let the early year slip by me, and never tried to bring that idea to fruition. This year, I am determined to make it happen. I have spoken with Scott Bardenwerper of the DNR, and he gave me the greenlight, and said it was a great idea. Now, there are many WMA's in our region, and they all deserve some TLC. I chose Chattahoochee for two primary reasons:
1) Chattahoochee WMA is a high traffic area. We all know this. Consequently, it is a high trash area. I have been watching this litter grow and accumulate in greater and greater amounts as the years have passed.
2) I spend most of my time outdoors on or around Chattahoochee, and am able to easily identify areas that need more attention than others, so volunteers can focus their efforts in areas that require more work than others.
The time I had proposed to Scott was either the first or second Saturday in March. This is early in the season. Small game season is over, winter hoggin' is over. Turkey season is not yet in, and the majority of folks are going to be off of work or out of school. The weather SHOULD be temperate, and the leaves won't be out and masking the presence of trash.
My thought was to meet up early, split up and head to the areas of interest, work all day, and meet back up in the evening to see how much we were able to collect, and maybe for some kind of PR photo. My aim was to keep aluminum cans separate so that we can donate them at the can collection point for the City of Cornelia Fire Department.
With all that said, I'd appreciate any and all individuals who would be willing to step out and help. I feel like that place has given so much to me, all I want to do is give back. My aim with this initial post is to see what sort of support I can garner if any at all. I will be reposting this in other sub-forums here so it can be seen by other people who may not frequent this forum. I also plan to advertise this proposition on the Region 2 WMA Hunters FB page, to the local chapters of trout unlimited, and on the sub forums on GON.
There is no prize reward here, just the feeling of satisfaction after meeting up with fellow sportsmen who want to show their National Forest that they love her.
Even if no one shows up, I'll be up there one weekend in early March walking around with a trash bad and doing my part. I hope we can make this a reality and can bring it to life! If you are at all interested, I will work with Scott to get a hard date, and post this in an official announcement, or see if the mods can make it a sticker at the top of the threads list. Thank you all, and God bless!

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Old 02-18-17, 05:38 AM   #2
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Friday through Sunday are usually low traffic days on the board. I'm guessing you will get more of a response Monday. I think cleaning up the headwaters is a great idea.
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Friday through Sunday are usually low traffic days on the board. I'm guessing you will get more of a response Monday. I think cleaning up the headwaters is a great idea.
You're right, I didn't think of that! Thanks bonedog!!
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Let us know which weekend.
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Old 02-18-17, 09:56 PM   #5
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I'd definitely be up for it.
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Old 02-19-17, 06:43 AM   #6
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Depending on the weekend, I might be in.
Is this the sort of thing a kid, 6 year old could get involved with too


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Old 02-19-17, 07:00 AM   #7
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I'm in, just need a the firm date!
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Old 02-19-17, 10:11 AM   #8
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Thanks so much for the interest guys! I'll check with Scott at DNR today and make sure the date is ok. I'm thinking the 11th, which is the second Saturday in March. That's just less than a month from now. I'll send that to him, and if he gives us the green light, we'll be all clear for take off. I've got some other volunteers lined up from the GON forum, and as well for a couple of my friends. Should be a good time doing good work!
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Depending on the weekend, I might be in.
Is this the sort of thing a kid, 6 year old could get involved with too


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Splatek, you know it man! That's a rhetorical question dude! All kids are welcome in all things trout! Or in this case, rather general cleanup! Haha not quite as action packed as an Adventure Day, but things like this can teach great lessons. One thing I have learned is that some kids respond really well to things like this if you make it a challenge to beat daddy! You can teach as you go too. All hands are welcome!
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Just a suggestion, you might consider the same date as the Sweep The Hooch event on the tailwater to create a bit of synergy. Different TU chapter from the metro area get involved in that and this might give chapters such as Foothills (Helen area) and Goldrush (Dahlonega area) to add their volunteers to the mix.

http://events.r20.constantcontact.co...&llr=66omj6gab

If March is better, you still might want to touch base with Tammy Bates of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper for advice on coordination and such. CRK covers the Hooch all the way to the headwater although you don't hear much mention of it.
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