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December 09-12, 2016

Volunteer Work Party
Pine Log Trail Maintenance
Panhandle Chapter

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Join the Panhandle Chapter as they maintain the Pine Log State Forest.

Pine Log State Forest, purchased in 1936, is Florida’s first state forest. Using an ecosystem management approach, the Florida Forest Service provides for multiple uses of the forest resources. The forest is managed for timber, wildlife, outdoor recreation and ecological restoration. It is home to a diverse mixture of animal and plant species, including the following endangered, threatened species and species of special concern: flatwoods salamander, gopher tortoise, southern milkweed, white-top pitcher-plant and Chapman’s crownbeards. There are various natural communities found on the forest. They include sandhills, flatwoods, cypress ponds and titi swamps. Pine Log State Forest has three named streams (Pine Log Creek, Little Crooked Creek and Ditch Branch), as well as several small lakes and ponds.

Since young adults, aged 14 years or older, may participate, this volunteer experience is a fantastic opportunity to connect our youth to nature!

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: Pine Log State Forest

Address: 5583 Longleaf Road
City:
Ebro State: FL Zipcode: 32437
County: Washington County
Map: Pine Log State Forest Map

Type: Front-country car camping

Driving Directions:
1. Pine Log State Forest is located near Ebro, Florida, in northwestern Bay and southwestern Washington counties.
2. The forest is 14 miles north of Panama City Beach, on State Road 79

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Bathroom: Yes
Shower: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Power: Yes

RV Hookups: No – No RVs

Camp Notes: 4-wheel drive cars are not required, but would help transport gear/crew members to more remote parts of the park.

Type of work: Trail Maintenance

Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail, Pine Log State Forest
Maintenance Unit: Pine Log State Forest East and West

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 5 Miles
Activity Level: Moderate
Start Time: @ 8:00 AM
End Time: approx. 3:00 PM

Minimum Age: 14 years old
Youth Allowed (Under 18): Yes – Parents/guardians must complete a Youth Waiver Form. This form must be submitted to the Crew Leader during the safety briefing.
Max Group Size: 15 volunteers
Physical Difficulty: Moderate 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.

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

Questions About the Project
FTA Chapter: Panhandle
Project Contact: Eric Lewis, (850) 658-2676, espl1975@yahoo.com

Sponsors: Florida State Parks 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.

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

BACKPACK:
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)

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

EAT:
Bring a Cup, a Bowl and Eating Utensils

CLOTHES:
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

SHOES:
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.

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

WATER:*
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.

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

INSECTS:
DEET-based Bug Spray (recommended)
Head net

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

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

CELL PHONES:
Cell phone and charger to contact us, prior to the trip

SAFETY:
Safety Whistle

BEYOND THE BASICS:
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.

CREW:
Experienced Crew Leaders
Appearances by FTA Staff

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT(PPE):
Hard Hat
Safety Glasses
Ear Protection
Gloves

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

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

POTABLE WATER SOURCES:
Water

POWER SOURCES:
Power will be available at this Volunteer Work Party

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

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