Nice work, and bless you (and the club and township parks commission) for doing it and for doing such a nice job of it. Kudos!
I’m curious, though… are the banks here on public or private land? This kind of thing can get contentious. Are you required to present a “clean-up plan” to anybody or get a permit of some kind?
(For the record, I don’t personally believe such things should be necessary, and have myself cleared a few paths clandestinely. But permitting has been proposed in some cases I’ve heard of and might (alas) be a way to settle such questions.)
As one example, there is a local creek near where I live that was cleaned up and made accessible for paddlers and trout fishermen for a stretch and it has worked out very well, but sections just upstream and downstream are jammed. It would be nice if the whole thing were made paddleable. The landowners along these stretches are not allowing folks to engage in such projects - their stated concerns are about liability if someone is injured while doing the work, what happens to the cuttings, and, in principle, the trees being cut are apparently legally the property of the owner of the land on which they’re rooted. These landowners object to folks cutting their trees, even if they are downed. They don’t feel a need to clear the stream themselves to improve public access through their private property (which they don’t want to encourage). Further, they don’t like being compelled to take any particular action on their own property for the sake of someone else’s recreational activities.
And then they claim to fear that more access to their property will result in littering.
There are also fishermen who feel that, since the trees provide “structure” and habitat for the food web of the stream, that unrestrained and unregulated removal will hurt the habitat for fishing - They feel streams can be made “too clean” for good fishing. And good fishing is their primary concern.
Has you club encountered any such problems? If so, how have they been resolved? What might work for other clubs faced with such issues?
Thanks again for the good work. It reflects well on all paddlers. We should all do likewise at least from time to time.