December 01-03, 2017
Econfina Creek Trail Maintenance and Bridge Repair
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Join volunteers from the Panhandle Chapter as they perform maintenance work on the Florida National Scenic Trail!
The 18 miles of Florida National Scenic Trail in the Econfina Section are viewed by many hikers as some of the most beautiful in the entire State of Florida. The Econfina Trail passes through public property managed by the Northwest Florida Water Management District. This popular trail leads hikers through rugged ravines and tunnels of mountain laurel and wild azalea, for an experience similar to a walk in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, especially in spring when the flowers are in bloom. Much of the trail follows Econfina Creek through wooded areas of lush vegetation. The trail passes by a lovely 10-foot waterfall, and crosses many bridges, including two impressive 60-ft suspension bridges called Fender and Two Penny.
The crew will be performing two days of FNST maintenance along scenic Econfina Creek. In addition to routine trail maintenance, we will be performing important repairs to the Two Penny and Fender Bridges.
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: Pine Log State Forest
Address: 5583 Longleaf Road
City: Ebro State: FL Zip code: 32437
County: Washington County
Map: Pine Log State Forest Map
Type: Front-country car camping
Pine Log State Forest is located near Ebro, Florida, in northwestern Bay and southwestern Washington counties. The campground is about 14 miles north of Panama City Beach on State Road 79.
Potable Water: Yes
RV Hookups: No – No RVs
Type of work: Trail Maintenance & Structure Construction
Section of the FNST: Econfina Creek
Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 5 Miles
Activity Level: Moderate
Start Time: @ 8:00 AM
End Time: approx. 4:00 PM
Minimum Age: 18 years old
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: 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.
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 Pad or Inflatable Mattress
Foldable Camp Chair
Bring a Cup, a Bowl and Eating Utensils
Wicking T-shirts (synthetic or wool)
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)
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
BEYOND THE BASICS:
Energy Food (Bars, Gels, Chews, Trail Mix)
Energy Beverage or Drink Mixes
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
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT(PPE):
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.)
POTABLE WATER SOURCES:
Power will 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!