Volunteer Work Party

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October 20-22, 2017

Apalachicola National Forest Trail Maintenance
Apalachee Chapter

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Join volunteers from the Apalachee Chapter as they perform maintenance work on the Florida National Scenic Trail!

In the Apalachicola National Forest, the Trail meanders through and around many large pine palmetto flatwoods separated by titi (pronounced TIE-tie) and cypress swamps.  This segment of trail is one of the most remote in Florida and offers a wide variety of flora and fauna year-round. Animals of the forest include red-cockaded woodpeckers, osprey, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, turkeys, alligators, bears, and panthers.

The west end of the trail traverses an interesting low savanna profuse with ground orchids and spring wildflowers. Midway along the trail are the remnants of the settlement of Vilas, a reminder of the turpentine industry. There is good fishing on the Ochlockonee River and in Camel Lake, along with plenty of additional opportunities to fish in the creeks and water holes along the way.

Volunteers will be performing two days of FNST maintenance in the Apalachicola National Forest. ANF contains some of the most remote and difficult trail sections found within the Panhandle Region.

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: Camel Lake Campground

Address: 23239 National Forest Rd 105
City:
 Bristol State: FL Zip code: 32321
County: Liberty County

Type: Front-country car camping
GPS: Latitude 30.27715// Longitude -84.9866

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

RV Hookups: No – No RVs

Type of work: Trail Maintenance

Section of the FNST:  Apalachicola National Forest

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 3 Miles
Activity Level: Moderate
Start Time: @ 8:00 AM
End Time: approx. 4:00 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: Yes – @ 6:00 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: Van Tran, (352) 538-7639, VanT@floridatrail.org

Questions About the Project
FTA Staff: Panhandle Regional Representative
Project Contact: Adam Fryska, (850) 888-3502, AdamF@floridatrail.org

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!