Volunteer Work Party

November 10-15, 2017

Juniper Prairie Wilderness Trail Maintenance
Black Bear Chapter

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Join the Black Bear Chapter during a week-long trail maintenance project in the Juniper Prairie Wilderness.

The Juniper Prairie Wilderness in the Ocala National Forest is a complex mosaic of ancient scrub forests, pine islands and broad, open prairies where wildlife thrives. Nearby, Hidden Pond is a favorite local getaway and a jewel of the Ocala National Forest.

This Volunteer Work Party is unique to the Florida Trail, as it is only maintained with hand tools. This brings a legacy of skill and hard work to each day. This type of work reminds us of our forefathers who broke trail through this section of forest in the early 1960’s.

This wilderness was also the inspiration for Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’s breakthrough novel the Yearling (1938), which describes Florida’s wilderness and the common themes which revolved around the settling of America. This book was later adapted into the 1946 movie of the same title, starring Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman, Jr., Chill Wills and Forrest Tucker.

As a designated and federally protected wilderness, the Juniper Prairie Wilderness has been virtually untouched by humans where visitors take only memories and leave only footprints. Here backpackers and day-hikers alike can still experience the pristine wilderness as described Rawlings’s book.

Don’t miss out on this unique volunteer experience! Crews will perform moderate trail maintenance in the Ocala Forest, and volunteers should expect to hike 6 miles/day.

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

This event is a free volunteer opportunity. Join our crew and have fun!

Name: OHV Center

Address: US Forest Service OHV Campground on FR 11 in the Ocala Forest
City:
Fort McCoy State: FL Zipcode: 32134
County: Marion County
Map: OHV Map

Type: Front-country car camping and RV camping (Class B or C, no hook-ups available)
GPS: Latitude – 29°23’58.17″N // Longitude – 81°48’23.81″W

Driving Directions:
1. From the intersection of Rt. 19 and Rt. 316 at Salt Springs: Go west on Rt. 316 for 6.2 miles to FR 11.
2. Then go north on FR 11 for 2 ½ miles to OHV camp on the right.

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

RV Hookups: No

Camp Notes: Gated Area w/ Picnic Benches and Covered Pavilion

Type of work: Trail Maintenance

Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail, Eastern Corridor, Ocala National Forest
Maintenance Unit: Juniper Wilderness from Pat’s Island South

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 6 Miles
Activity Level: Moderate

Start Time:
Friday (11): Arrive after 4:00 PM (No Work)
Saturday (12) – Thursday (17): @ 8:00 AM

End Time:
Saturday (12) – Wednesday (16): approx. 3:00 PM
Thursday (17): approx. 12:00 PM

Minimum Age: 18 years old
Max Group Size: 20 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:
Friday (11): No breakfast
Saturday (12) – Thursday (17): Yes – @ 7:00 AM

Lunch:
Friday (11): No lunch
Saturday (12) – Thursday (17): Yes – lunch packed @ breakfast (sandwiches and snacks)

Dinner:
Friday (11) – Wednesday (16): Yes – approx. 6:00 PM
Thursday (17): No Dinner

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: Van Tran, (352) 538-7639, VanT@floridatrail.org

Questions About the Project
FTA Chapter: Black Bear
Project Contact: Bill Taylor, 386-774-0734, ljtaylor5@earthlink.net

 

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 Regional Representatives

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!