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Go Coastal with Altamaha Riverkeeper for a Paddle on Cathead Creek in Darien! May 11th…

dannyPaddle through Pierce Butler’s old abandoned rice fields and a tidal forest – teaming with wildlife. You will encounter old growth cypress, tupelo, and wildflowers.

Guide extraordinaire, Danny Grissette, with Altamaha Coastal Tours will lead the paddle on Saturday, May 11.

The adventure begins at 10 am at Skipper’s Fish Camp Restaurant parking lot – just off Hwy 17.  Danny will give a short kayaking lesson before the leisurely 2 ½ hour paddle.

The trip, suitable for beginners and children, is offered at a special price of $35 per person. Space is limited. Call Constance at (912) 437-8164 asap or email: cor@altamahariverkeeper.org to reserve your space, a tandem or single kayak, canoe, or bring your own.

After the paddle, (approximately 1:00-1:30), Skipper’s has reserved the Oyster Bar deck overlooking the river for our lunch (Dutch Treat). We look forward to having you join us; it’s a chance to meet some new friends, trade paddle stories, and find out what ARK is doing to protect our rivers.

Help Support Altamaha Riverkeeper’s work with a donation today.  Please donate at http://www.altamahariverkeeper.org

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Kayaking for the Georgia Coast!!

Join us and Save Georgia’s Coast!


Save Georgia’s Coast is a group of organizations located near the coast of Georgia that have come together to protect our quality of life in coastal Georgia.  Our goal is to protect and preserve what makes coastal Georgia so special to those whom call it home.  Admired worldwide for their beauty and biological diversity, coastal Georgia’s saltwater marshes, freshwater wetlands, and freshwater flows have been increasingly impacted by the residential and commercial development that has irretrievably damaged so many other communities along the Eastern Seaboard. We are alarmed about unchecked development and water pollution along the coast.  We are working so we can continue to drink the water, eat the fish, and safeguard our rivers, marshes, and islands for future generations. We believe a strong economy and our quality of life are dependent upon a healthy environment.Eight non-profit organizations dedicated to the protection and restoration of Georgia’s coast comprise Save Georgia’s Coast. They are the: Altamaha RiverkeeperCenter for a Sustainable Coast, Glynn Environmental CoalitionOgeechee RiverkeeperSatilla Riverkeeper, Savannah Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, and Southern Environmental Law Center.  All of these groups have years of experience working on the coast, and special qualities that make them critical to the overall success of Save Georgia’s Coast.


Click here for Kayaking for the Georgia Coast Challenge!

About the Challenge

Doug Pettersen, Phillip Hodges, James Marlow and Allen Bradley are teaming up with Save Georgia’s Coast to bring further awareness to a subject that they each feel very passionately about: The fragile state of our Georgia Coast.During the first week in November, 2012 they will set out on a 100-mile fundraising kayak trip along the entire Georgia Coast. They will start the journey in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and will travel south along the Georgia Coast, winding their way through Georgia’s beautiful saltwater marshlands, past Tybee Island and Jekyll Island State Park, continuing on past Cumberland Island, which will then lead them to their final destination of Amelia Island, Florida.They are taking this tremendous opportunity not only to bring awareness to others concerning the continuous pollution and detrimental alterations being made to our Georgia Coast, but to also improve the future of Georgia’s marshlands and wetlands.Your sponsorship in support of their journey will allow Save Georgia’s Coast to continue in their ongoing efforts to protect and preserve Georgia’s coastal waterways, marshlands, and wetlands. 
Please make a pledge and support “Kayaking for the Georgia Coast” today!

The Players

About Doug:  Doug Pettersen developed a love for the outdoors through his climbing and mountaineering activities.  In that regard, he worked for many years as a professional guide for rock climbing and mountain climbing expeditions. Currently, Doug serves as a technical consultant to locate and operate video equipment at international athletic events. Doug views the kayak trip both as an opportunity to explore Georgia’s coast and to support environmental efforts on the Georgia coast.

About Phillip:  Phillip Hodges is a partner with Ernst & Young LLP in Atlanta. Phillip and his family reside in the suburbs of Atlanta with close access to the Chattahoochee River.  As a native of rural North Georgia, his love for the outdoors and mountains started at an early age, and canoeing, kayaking and hiking are in his blood.  Coastal navigation and shucking oysters are new games to him.  Phillip is a graduate of the University of Georgia, is a member of the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and is on the Advisory Board of ImagineIt! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

About Allen: An avid outdoorsman, whenever Allen is not handling complex corporate legal matters as a member of the law firm of Stites & Harbinson,PLLC, he is  spending time with his wife and three children traveling across the country on wilderness camping and canoe  trips or hiking the Appalachian Trial. However, his passion for the environment doesn’t stop once he steps  into the office. As a Board Member of the Georgia Solar Energy Association, his dedication to renewable  energy and environmentally friendly alternative fuel sources is reflected in both his work and his outdoor activities.

About James:  James Marlow is CEO of Radiance Solar and an avid paddler, sailor and conservationist. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Savannah Riverkeeper and the Million Mile Greenway as well as a member of the Georgia Solar Energy Industry Association, and the Technology Association of Georgia Smart Energy Board of Directors.  He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University.


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November 3rd     2:00 p.m.     Pine Marsh Farm

Handmade Rustic Bench made from vintage doors. One of many fantastic Clam Jam auction items.

The list is growing, see more at: http://www.altamahariverkeeper.org/events/clamJam-auction-2012.asp
Celebrate the Bounty of our Coastal Treasures- with Oysters, Clams, Shrimp, Pecan Smoked Boston Butts, and Fresh Local Vegetables

Music and Auction

Proceeds support Altamaha Riverkeeper’s protection work
Call your friends and bring a crowd!
Register for Clam Jam at http://www.altamahariverkeeper.org/events/clamJam2012.asp

See our new video, “A Rivers Story: Reclaiming the Altamaha”


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Join ARK for the Clam Jam on Nov 3rd. and an opportunity to win the Cuda, a state of the art kayak donated by Kristine Jackson of Jackson Kayak. http://www.altamahariverkeeper.org/events/clamJam2012.asp

Learn more about this big water fisherman’s dream at:


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Get Involved in Conservation Activities Saturday, October 20, 2012:

Fall River Clean-up at Barrington Park, McIntosh County,
Join Altamaha Riverkeeper and Keep McIntosh Beautiful from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM to clean up the human impact (trash) in the habitat of our beautiful wildlife. Your good deeds will be rewarded with, good food, positive vibes, and a kayak tour of Tupelo Swamp. To register contact Julie at (912) 832-2424 or rjdean@darientel.net. More information: https://sites.google.com/site/keepmcintoshbeautiful/home/upcoming-events/fallriverclean-up
Glynn Environmental Coalition Fishing Tournament at Burnett Creek  
Join GEC from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and catch fish to sample for contamination. Event is in cooperation with the GA Dept. of Public Health and UGA. Kids are welcome and prizes will be awarded for biggest fish. For more information, call 912-466-0934, or email gec@glynnenvironmental.org. More information: http://www.glynnenvironmental.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49&Itemid=56.
The GEC Annual Meeting is 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Embassy Suites, Glynn Place Mall Brunswick. 

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Please join us to celebrate our coast with an alfresco dinner of fresh shrimp, oysters, and clams and music by Courson Saunds and Nick Bryant.

Photo by James Holland
Selection of amazing items in our Clam Jam auction with more to come.  See details and sign up for Clam Jam at


• A 3 day, 2 night stay at circa 1895 two story Italianate Victorian house in the National Historic district of Fernandina. This beautiful 4 bedrooms and 3 full bath house is within easy walking distance of Fernandina Beach village, restaurants, shops, marina and entertainment. Donated by Chris Nelson

• Guided historic canoe trip, lunch, and refreshments for 6 of some of the most pristine parts of the Oconee River. The approximate 10 mile tour is guided by ARK board member, DuBose Porter and narrated by local historian, Scott Thompson. Donated by DuBose Porter.

• A day of exploration and lunch for 8 on St Catherine’s – an undeveloped barrier island preserved for scientific, archeological, and conservation research.

• Privately catered dinner by Chef Mary Schowe for 4-8 at the home of the winner

• Private reading for the winner and friends by Janisse Ray of her newly released book, The Seed Underground; A Growing Revolution to Save Food.

• Case of fine wine from True Vine Wine and Gourmet in Brunswick

• Shorebirds sculpture created and donated by famous ironsmith, Ivan Bailey

• Hand Made Pottery created and donated by Susie Bealer Duncan

• A private island adventure and 2 night stay on Little St Simons, 10,000 acres of maritime forests and marshlands and seven miles of shell-strewn beaches. Accessible only by boat, this extraordinary natural sanctuary is among the last of its kind.

• Primitive bench handmade from vintage doors donated by Sheila and John Parker

• Kayak tour on Cathead Creek for two donated by SE Adventures

• “Wood Peckers” beautifully framed and matted limited editions print by Jacksonville, Florida native, C. Ford Riley. Donated by Sheryl Schooley

• Books donated from UGA Press

• Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia by John Jenson, et al.

• The Southern Frontier, by Philip Juras

• Peachtree Creek, by David Kaufman

• Invasive Pythons, by Dorcas and Willson

• Favorite Wildflower Walks in Georgia, by Hugh and Carol Nourse

• Hey, Bug Doctor, by Jim Howell

• Drifting into Darien,  by Janisse Ray

• The World of the Salt Marsh, by Charles Seabrook

• Kayak adventure tour of the Altamaha River guided by Danny Grissett with Altamaha Coastal Tours and Riverkeeper, Robby Arrington. Donated by Altamaha Coastal Tours

• Gift certificate to  Open Gates Bed and Breakfast located in the historic Darien waterfront

• “Wild Horses on Cumberland” a beautifully framed and signed black and white photograph by Jeffery Williams of Williams Gallery in Savannah.

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Please join the Altamaha Riverkeeper’s efforts to get Jesup’s Rayonier pulp mill to clean up its pollution of the mighty Altamaha by viewing and sharing their new video production.

Click into You Tube here: http://youtu.be/yAWNI1hknPo to see the video and pass it on to your friends.

Special thanks to Judy Sharpton for her ballad “Uncle Toad’s Question” and to Donata Renfrow of J. Galt and Associates for producing the video. They need your help to get this out, so please take a few minutes today to view the video and share it where ever you can.

You can also view the video on ARK’s website at www.altamahariverkeeper.org.

Please get involved and support ARK’s work to secure stricter permit limits for Rayonier’s discharge.

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Day 3 brought on the first moving day and thus the frenzy ensued early,

but what a nice delight to find veteran Paddle Georgian Cody Denson at the Stanfield Landing put- in with a grin and a helping hand….

Terry from Mars (at least that’s what his shirt claimed the first day) brought along his duck figure-head who will attend every Paddle Georgia trip till ducky death do them part.

Alexis Chase, Alison Amyxx, and Drew Handverge from Georgia Interfaith Power and Light joined us for Professional’s Day as well as lobbyist Jill Johnson of Georgia Conservations Voters, GA Water Coalition, and Solar Energy, and Altamaha Riverkeeper’s Gabe Haman and Andrew Hemp.

A large group of paddlers participated in Trash Day. Unlike the Oconee river on Paddle Georgia 2011- the amount of trash found along this stretch was next to none. In fact, only one single tire was collected!

Bonny Putney was all smiles:)

Joe Cook did his best to squirt every passing paddler, but Tom Sewell managed to cruise by unscathed on his stand up paddle board…

A few adventurous folks paddled up 5 Mile Creek – into the shady Big Hammock Wildlife Management Area.

A wood duck nest box was spotted high up above the buttresses of a cypress tree.

The never-ending  choice of gorgeous white sandy beaches were a perfect spot for a midday lunch break and cool down in the deep swift current.

These two little ladies had no complaints- one a veteran of 6 Paddle Georgia’s and the other a newby- What a FUN way to spend your summer break !

Laid-back right up until the last drop of another awesome day on the Altamaha!

And everyone seemed to settle in nicely at our new Paddle Georgia Tent City home at Wayne County High school.

Can’t wait until tomorrow!

Gwyneth Moody

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Day 2 on Paddle Georgia 2012- and nothing but blue skies and another gorgeous day of temps in the low 80’s awaiting us… 

With a 12 mile paddle ahead, we couln’t wait to get our feet wet on the mighty Altamaha!

Soon after we ‘set’ paddle we came upon the Pirates- who told many a tale of  previous Paddle Georgia escapades- a truly motley crew with their flags and fish hooks!

It is awe-inspiring how the Altamah is so reminiscent of  the Amazon jungle in South America. The towering magestic cypress with giant knees jutting from the water, tupelo that line the banks and lush black willow harbouring such a plethera of wildlife.




Georgia Adopt-A-Stream gave water quality testing workshops on sandbars throughout the day- bonding in more ways than just chemically:)





GA Adopt A Stream instructors seemed to always be bursting with knowledge as well as excitement and enthusiasm- especially our dearest Ruth Mead!

Although folks paddled hard all day- they also played hard- blasting eachother with water guns –  a true WATER WAR!

 And then there were those who relaxed even harder!

Unfortunately the Ohoopee river was taken off our itinerary for this Paddle Georgia, but that didn’t stop us from taking a jaunt up its swift flowing tannin rich waters for a cool dip at the culmination of our days journey…







Another magical day on the enchanted Altamaha with smiles all around!

Gwyneth Moody

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Eighth annual Paddle Georgia this week
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When paddling creeks, rivers and marshes, Hinesville resident Jim Gray likes to take his companion Peppy along. Gray is gearing up to paddle 105 miles this week as part of Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia 2012. The adventure begins at 8 a.m. Saturday as they depart from Baxley.

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Hinesville resident Jim Gray is gearing up to paddle 105 miles this week as part of Georgia River Network’s eighth annual Paddle Georgia 2012.
The annual event, a week-long canoe/kayak journey on the Altamaha River from Baxley to Darien, draws more than 300 people from across the United States and Canada.
The trip will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday near Baxley. Paddlers will travel 105 miles of Georgia’s largest river and end amongst the marshes of McIntosh County near Darien next Friday. This will be the first Paddle Georgia to finish on the Georgia coast.
The GRN said the trip has become the largest week-long canoe/kayak camping adventure in the country. This year’s trip sold out in about two weeks, according to the GRN website.
Gray, a kayaker who has been paddling local creeks and rivers for years, said it will be his first time participating in the event.
“The farthest trip taken has been approximately 10 miles,” he said. “This trip is over 100 miles and will prove to be interesting.”
Gray said the paddling bug bit him a few years ago.
“I’ve always been interested in water sports and have spent a lot of time on the water,” he said. “I took my daughter to Southeast Adventure Outfitters on St. Simons Island years back where we did a paddle in the salt tidal marsh. From that point forward, I was hooked.”
Gray said paddling offers him peace and tranquility and spectacular views of the local wildlife, flora and fauna.
“When drifting with the current, you have the opportunity to see and experience more of the outdoors that you would miss in a boat with a motor,” he said. “I truly can’t paint with words the beauty of our natural resources as seen from a kayak. I highly recommend the sport to everyone.”
Gray said he is excited and ready for the adventure. He said his favorite paddling spot is Ebeneezer Creek, a backwater tributary off of the Savannah River. He has paddled parts of the Altamaha, Ohoopee, Canoochee and Ogeechee rivers and salt water tidal marshes.
He thinks the event will prepare him for future expeditions.
“I am making plans for some Florida rivers and an expedition down the St. Mary’s River,” he said. “I just love water — be it the ocean, a river, a creek or a ditch … Give me a paddle and I’m there.”
Fashioned after the annual Bicycle Ride Across Georgia, Paddle Georgia includes educational programs on the river’s cultural and natural history, tours of facilities and historic sites along the river, nightly games and entertainment and a research program in which participants will help collect chemical and biological data to give a snapshot of the current health of the rivers.
At night, participants will camp at Tattnall County High School, Wayne County High School, Altamaha Regional Park and Darien.
In addition to supporting GRN’s efforts to protect Georgia’s rivers, proceeds from this year’s Paddle Georgia will also benefit the Altamaha Riverkeeper.



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