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October 12-17, 2016 – FULL/CLOSED

Volunteer Work Party
Fore Lake Trail Maintenance, Ocala National Forest
Black Bear Chapter

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Join the Black Bear Chapter for their first fall project!

During this week the chapter will camp at the Fore Lake Campground and work on a 22-mile segment of the Florida Trail. Trail work will be performed on the Western Corridor. You may join for any amount of time – one day or the entire week! All volunteers are welcome, especially new or inexperienced volunteers.

Volunteers should expect to hike 3-miles/day, and work on overgrown (heavy brush) and swampy trails. Trail maintenance will include lopping, removing brush, blazing and mowing. Crews will address the most needed areas during this week.

Hiking boots (description below) and long pants are required. Long-sleeve t-shirts are recommended.

FREE! This event is a free volunteer opportunity. Join our crew to perform trail maintenance on the Florida Trail!

Name: Fore Lake Recreation Area

Address: N/A
Silver Springs State: FL Zipcode: 34488
County: Marion County

Type: Front-country car camping & RV camping (Class B or C, no hook-ups available)
GPS: Latitude – 29°16’16.52″N // Longitude – 81°55’6.00″W

Driving Directions:
1. From Silver Springs, FL: Head east on US 40 for 5.1 miles, before turning north on Highway 314.
2. This is the junction of SR 40 and SR 314.
3. Then continue north for 6 miles, until reaching Fore Lake Recreation Area on the north side of the highway.


Bathroom: Yes
Shower: Yes
Potable Water: Yes

Power: No
RV Hookups: No

Camp Notes: None

Type of work: Trail Maintenance

Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail, Western Corridor, Ocala National Forest
Maintenance Unit: Western Corridor, Ocala National Forest

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 3 Miles
Activity Level: Moderate to Difficult
Start Time: @ 8:00 AM
End Time: approx. 3:00 PM

Minimum Age: 18 years old
Youth Allowed (Under 18): No
Max Group Size: 20 volunteers
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to difficult activities. Volunteers will be assigned tasks based on their individual comfort level and technical proficiency.

Restrictions: Only US Forest Service certified sawyers will be allowed to operate chainsaws on the Florida Trail.

When registering, volunteers may be asked about known medical conditions or allergy concerns. This information is treated as confidential information, and is only shared with Crew Leaders and the Florida Trail Association Staff. Please disclose all known medical and allergy information. This information enables crew leaders and staff to respond appropriately to medical emergencies. Medical or allergy conditions will not disqualify you from participating in a Volunteer Work Party.

Breakfast: Yes – @ 7:00 AM
Lunch: Yes – lunch packed @ breakfast (sandwiches and snacks)
Dinner: Yes – approx. 6:00 PM

When registering, volunteers may indicate dietary needs and/or preferences, as well as known food allergies. If we are unable to honor your request, we’ll contact you so that you can provide your own meals. In most cases we are able to accommodate special meal requests.

Special Requests: The Black Bear Chapter will supply tools, yet the Crew Leader requests that you bring your own gloves, safety glasses, hard hat and hand loppers (if you own these items). If you do not own these items the chapter will provide them for you.

Questions About Registration
Registration Contact: Karl Borton, (570) 574-3240, KarlB@floridatrail.org

Questions About the Project
FTA Chapter: Black Bear
Project Contact: Ruth Lawler, (941) 350-6085, ruthlawler@att.net

Sponsors: National Forests in Florida and the Florida Trail Association

To register for this Volunteer Work Party please click the link below, and complete the linked Florida Trail Association form.

Registrations are first-come, first served by date time stamp. You will receive an email confirmation within 72 hours. The FTA reserves a 10-person wait-list, and will notify individuals on the wait list within two (2) weeks of the project date. Volunteers may be contacted the week of the event to fill open volunteer registrations.


Volunteer Dates

October 12 – Not a work day; arrive after 2pm.

October 13-16 – Volunteer Work Party; 8am to 3pm (approx.).

October 17 – Volunteer Work Party ends around 3pm. No overnight camping.


This list is not a comprehensive pack list. Please use this list to help plan for your event.

One (1) large backpack for all your personal items
One (1) day pack, large enough to carry water, food, rain gear and other personal items
Pack cover (rain gear)

Tent (Rain Fly) and Footprint (if desired for tent)
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad or Inflatable Mattress
Foldable Camp Chair
Ear Plugs
Eye Shades

Bring a Cup, a Bowl and Eating Utensils

Wicking T-shirts (synthetic or wool)
Wicking Underwear
Quick-Drying Pants and Shorts
Sturdy Work Pants
Long-Sleeve Shirts (for sun, bugs)
Socks (synthetic or wool)
Bandana or BuffWarm
Insulating Layers (Night) – Puffy Jacket, Vest, Pants and Hat

One (1) pair of Hiking Boots (required)*
One (1) pair of Camp Shoes (closed-toed)

*Note: Hiking boots can be either trail runners or traditional hiking boots (ankle-support preferred). No tennis shoes or sandals.

Headlamp and/or small backpacking flashlight
Small lighter in waterproof container or plastic bag

Two (2) 32-ounce canteens or water bottles
OR One (1) 100-ounce hydration bladder bag (preferred)

*Note: Each person should be drinking at least 3-liters of water a day. This is your personal responsibility.

Sunscreen, lip balm, sun glasses, base-ball hat or other sun-shielding hat

DEET-based Bug Spray (recommended)
Head net

Bathroom Essentials (camp soap, shaving kit, etc.), Toilette Paper, Wash Cloth and Pack Towel

Any Prescription Medications or Over-the-Counter Medications (seasonal allergies, pain relievers (Ibuprofen for inflammation/pain), etc.)

Cell phone and charger to contact us, prior to the trip

Safety Whistle

Trekking Poles
Energy Food (Bars, Gels, Chews, Trail Mix)
Energy Beverage or Drink Mixes
Packable Lantern
Notebook and Pen
Book (for camp!)
Camera and Memory Cards
A Smile and Sense of Adventure!

At this Volunteer Work Party the Florida Trail Association will provide the following gear and services.

Experienced Crew Leaders
Appearances by FTA Regional Representatives

Hard Hat
Safety Glasses
Ear Protection

Mechanized Equipment (Mowers, Brush Cutters, Chainsaws, etc.)
Hand Tools (Loppers, Hand Saws, Etc.)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Kitchen Essentials (Pots, Pans, Knives, Etc.)
Sanitary Stations (Bins, Soap, Water, Etc.)


Power WILL NOT be available at this Volunteer Work Party

This event is hosted at a front-country campground with full restroom facilities


Thank you for volunteering with the Florida Trail Association. Your service allows millions to experience the unique wildlands in Florida!