Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Alabama Hiking Trails

Mr. Henderson and some associates attended a regular meeting of the Gulf Coast Alabama Hiking Trail Society where the Alabama Lands Manager talked about progress on hiking trails along the Perdido River. The project is a part of a statewide program that is part of the Alabama's Forever Wild Program land preservation program.  Mr. Henderson and his group were happy to meet the people of the Trail Society who volunteer their time and effort to help the state move the trails project forward. The state permitting process is nearly complete and Henderson has equipment and personnel lined up to begin environmentally sound log-jam removals.  This river and hiking trail will be a resource treasure for local recreation in the near future.

Some questions arose at the meeting about the pine forest and the way Forever Wild will eventually re-introduce  the lands to the native forest. The discussion requires some understanding of area history, geology and biological systems. From the history of the first Europeans who wrote about these lands, we know the original Southern Long Leaf Yellow Pine forests were a thing of wonder to them. Cabeza De Vacca wrote of the giant trees in the forest. 250 years later, David Crockett talked about marching through the great "pine barrens" with some of Jackson's troops and Indian Allies to attack the warring Creek Indians who were allied with the British in the war of 1812.  The tall slender trees formed a high canopy that shaded out much of the "barren" under-story carpeted by a thick mat of pine straw.  The "pine barrens" habitat supported many interdependent species. The gopher tortoise, the Northern Bobwhite, the diamond back rattlesnake,  the white tailed deer, rabbits, fox squirrels, fox and so much more. Since colonial times, the gradual harvesting of these great forests and eventual transition to a pulpwood economy has nearly erased the original native landscape.  Alabama and other states in the South, are working to return large tracts of land back to the the native species of Long Leaf Yellow Pine. This involves a systematic removal of the pulpwood species as time and economics permit.  I think in about 200 years, these forests will be back to their sustainable state of grandeur 500 years ago. "

A quiet float down the Perdido

This portion of the Perdido is not jammed up with logs.  Perhaps by this time next year the whole river will be canoe friendly. This river is the border of Florida and Alabama. The short video is just for quiet enjoyment. Listen for a few birds and ripples. Thanks to Cary Ellis a paddle challenged Creek Indian Chief .  This was filmed in October of 2014. Some of the logjams on the river are due for cleanup by  Please like or subscribe to the (youtube) channel. Thanks !

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Muscogee Bridge - a day job

A one day job here to clear out the jam at the Muscogee Bridge on the Perdido River. This small jam is a  hazard for the county bridge and Southern River Loggers has an agreement with the county to keep it clear. For some people - this might be a month long project. For LD Henderson and a few trusty experts - it is ONE DAY.  Most of the logjams on the Perdido River are upstream from here and some are 100 times the size of this one. They will face Mr. Henderson and his crews very soon.
VIEW THE DAYS PROGRESS up to Noon. By 10 pm - May 7 - this will be gone. AFTER pictures will follow soon.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Perdido Trails in Development

There are well over 40 miles of river with several major log jams in this pristine Perdido River stream. When cleaned up and trails laid on the Alabama side - this Florida / Alabama border River will be an outdoor paradise.  Southern River Loggers is proud to be a part of this rejuvenation of natural resources to benefit the people of our region. Enjoy this film - showing some of the trails already marked off and partially cleared for future hikers.  Both trails and river debris will be removed by SRL ...

Here are the people on top of the trails. HIKEALABAMA.ORG