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Paddling on the river in fall

Rouge River Water Trail – Logjams

Logjam after opening

We Need Your Help

Logjams provide habitat for fish and wildlife and play a role in stabilizing banks (more info).  For safe paddling, there are ways to open them without damaging the river. If you don’t mind donning a pair of waders and working along with a team, please attend our upcoming training. The first session will cover how to open logjams when you work with experienced logjam openers in the river.  The second session will teach you all about chainsaw safety and operation.  Both classes are free but registration is required by calling Sally at 734-927-4904.

2018 Logjam Opening Training

Goal: To establish a team of trained volunteers comfortable in safely opening logjams for the water trail

Part 1 – Hands-on Training in Clean and Open Method
Sat. Sept. 29, 2018 12–3 p.m.
Goudy Park, 3355 S Wayne Rd, Wayne, MI 48184


No experience required. Experienced trainers will demonstrate the Clean and Open method of Woody Debris Management (WDM101). The trainers will operate chainsaws as attendees assist in managing a large logjam in teams of three. Must bring waders (FOTR can provide).

Part 2 – Safe Chainsaw Use and Operation by Stihl
Sat. Oct. 27, 2018 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Wayne Lawn & Garden, 39915 Michigan Ave, Canton, MI 48188


A Stihl chain saw representative will demonstrate the proper and safe way to operate a chainsaw and cut wood safely on land. The morning portion will be indoors, followed by an outdoor session where the representative will demonstrate chainsaw use at several selected sites in Dynamite Park.