It began with a plan...


This project began May 1st, 2011 when Eric Bersinger and Josh Woods paddled The Bartram Canoe Trail on Durbin Creek. What we found that day was the launch area full of illegally dumped trash and a creek that had been ignored for years. Fallen trees and log jams made this beautiful creek impossible to paddle. On this day we made our pledge, on this day "The Durbin Creek Wilderness Society" was born...
..and on this day we went to work....

..We are the Waterway Stewards of Durbin Creek and The Historic Bartram Canoe Trail...
..volunteer citizens making a difference by keeping the creek open for everyone to enjoy...

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.....

...Click on each photo for "the gallery view" ...


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Don't text and Paddle!

Paddler alert! This tree came down 2 days ago
just North of the park..Josh will get it on Monday..

..Thanks to our buds at The Crowne Plaza Hotel we
finally got some sand for the launch and we have more 
on the way from St. Johns County to repair the road.
Tyler Simons and Josh, getting things done...

 ..A non-poisonous banded water snake
 hunting next to the launch..

This is the Apple Snail, they lay clusters of white eggs
 on vegetation that allow the new snails to drop 
into the creek each spring...

...The local bug control...

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Volunteers helping Volunteers!

..Florida State Park Ranger Jeff Nelson and his dad were kind
 enough to set up a "Go Fund Me Account" to raise enough
 money to buy the materials and build a new picnic table
and kiosk for us...

..Our new Kiosk and picnic table will be installed soon at
 The Bartram Canoe Trail Park. Jeff is based out of
 Ravine Gardens State Park..

 ..Jeff Nelson and his dad ROCK!!!
We are most grateful for your hard work..

..Went by the park today to check the water level and here was the 
view from the south tip of the island just across Durbin Creek
 from the launch. Can you see all 5 non-poisonous 
 Banded Water Snakes in this one shot?
(hint, top left)

..Apple Snail Eggs near the launch...

...Dragons were out in force..

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Earth Day 2015 Celebration

We were invited to attend The St. Johns County Parks and
 Recreation Department's 11th Annual Bartram Bash
at Alpine Groves Park

 
  ..The pier...

...Justin Bersinger helped run our booth..

 
..Top of the bluff view, this is a beautiful, passive 
and quiet park to explore..

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

..Your paddle is calling...

..This mornings "creek check"...water level is back up 8 to 10 inches
 due to the recent weather system. Drop your social media for a
 while to enjoy some "aboriginal exploration"..
...with a boat and your paddle...

..Caution on the current launch surface as this years flooding has
 washed away the top soils exposing big chunks of concrete
 debris from the bridge overpass construction. Hopefully we will
 have a sand donation to restore the launch surface
to protect your canoes and kayaks soon...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gourd Island Conservation Area Hike

..Josh and I hiked the Gourd Island Conservation Area
to explore the confluence of both Durbin and Sampson creeks..

..This area provides significant water resource 
protection for both creek systems...

..The Old Logging Bridge...

..Sampson Creek flowing through one of the culverts..

..One of the beautiful virgin longleaf pine trees,
they can live 500 years...

..Here is the confluence of both creeks. Sampson in the foreground 
and Durbin flowing right to left in the rear...

Friday, January 2, 2015

...Hike..Rinse..Repeat..

 ..Got Swamp?....

 ..I do believe its time for another adventure....

 ..Escape to the outdoors...

 ..Paddle more..worry less..

..There's no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this..

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

...Nothing we do is easy...

..In May 2011 Josh and I found this view from the park looking north
on Durbin Creek and "the forgotten" Bartram Canoe Trail.
We are quite proud of our efforts as citizen volunteers and the
 current condition of this awesome waterway...

 
This was one of many log jams on Durbin that blocked the creek.
 ..As we near the end of 2014 we ponder our resolutions for 2015,
More waterway clean-ups, more outreach and to inspire more
 citizen volunteers to take action on our local waterways...
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Eric Bersinger, 
Josh and Shannon Woods...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

...Durbin's Beautiful Stillness...

..The creek is flowing nicely past the once clogged
 JEA power-line area..

..Mid-November is the best time to capture the subtle colors
of The Bartram Canoe Trail on Durbin Creek...

..Wild flowers under the power-line easement...

..Half time break at the historic Sampson's Bridge Crossing 
at the 2.45 mile mark on The Julington/Durbin Preserve...

..Creek side Fall Astors in full bloom...

...We are gearing up for our 2015 "Donation Drive", 
If you think our volunteer work on this great waterway is worthy,
 please drop us a check to The Clean Waterway Society Inc.
1212 Ribbon Road, St. Johns Florida 32259
We have been maintaining this creek system since May 2011
 so you can enjoy a carefree paddle...
..We are a 501c-3 Non Profit Organization...
...Thank You..

Saturday, November 8, 2014

...Celebrate the Season...

..Enjoy a Fall Paddle on The Bartram Canoe Trail on Durbin Creek..

..After "a weed choked summer" this year, mother nature has
restored her surface waters in fine fashion...

 .."Of all the seasons, fall offers the most to man
and requires the least of him"... Hal Borland...

..The beautiful Fall Astors are in bloom...

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 the 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...