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Econfina Photos

Post By:paddlesolo on 1/18/2009 2:20pm
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I posted a group of photos of club members, springs, and Econfina Creek taken on the Jan. 17 paddle. Someone else will do a trip report, but I wanted the club to see my photos also. Just select photos in the left side bar, and look for Paddlesolo.

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Post By: Unknown on 2/4/2009 12:56pm

Nice photos, makes me want to take off for FL. Had snow yesterday and today is right at freezing. Too cold for an old Florida Native.

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Post By: paddlesolo on 1/20/2009 11:36am

Rana heckscheri aka River Frog

I wrote a note to the Florida Game and Fresh Water people asking about the tadpoles which will develop into frogs. Here is their reply:

Those would be river frog (Rana heckscheri) tadpoles. They breed in very large numbers along Econfina Creek and its tributaries. The large, black tadpoles are very gregarious, resulting in the formation of schools numbering from hundreds to thousands of individuals. I have personally observed such schools in the Gainer Springs area during most times of the year.

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Post By: paddlesolo on 1/20/2009 11:33am

No, I think people will be able to use the day use area, but it is a hassle. You have to get a key to access the area, and then return the key. I am not sure if there is a related fee.

The quote from the 2000 study pointed out that canoeist and kayakers were "low impact", but I read in another website that they want to "restore the spring". Not sure what that entails.

By reading the web information I have discovered that they have closed a lot of dirt roads in the Econfina WMA because of erosion problems. That has affected the hunting public and others. I struggle with how much protecting the environment compares to letting the public use land that we own as taxpayers. It is purchased with our tax money and the Game and Fresh Water people are paid with our money.

I do agree that everyone needs to study and cooperate in protected and promoting all aspects of environmental preservation.

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Post By: Unknown on 1/19/2009 7:29pm

Is Williford going to be closed to everyone then?

Because I'd bet damn good money that waders and swimmers tear up the environment around a spring more than a canoeist does.

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Post By: paddlesolo on 1/18/2009 4:57pm

I am reading an on-line report recommending improvements for the Econfina Water Management Area, and although the report said that the people canoeing are considered "low-impact"; the 2000 study recommended closing Williford Springs to canoists.

When I bopped into the Pitt Springs Recreation Area parking lot prior to our Jan. 17 paddle, there was a meeting with Game and Fresh Water officers, and other state people, and I assume the public. I had previously heard that there will be major changes to protect the environment around the Econfina from overuse.

Glad I have enjoyed Williford on these recent paddles. It might not be available in future years.

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Post By: miriamcanoe on 1/18/2009 3:40pm

Great photos. Wish I had been there.

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