November 22-24, 2019
Apalachicola National Forest Trail Maintenance
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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 FT maintenance in the Apalachicola National Forest (ANF). The work will be focused on recovery efforts from Hurricane Michael, clearing debris and making the Florida Trail in Apalachicola accessible again using mechanized equipment and hand tools. 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
Potable Water: Yes
RV Hookups: Yes
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: 14 years old (*Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a Legal Guardian. These individuals must also complete a Youth Waiver Form)
Max Group Size: 10 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.
Questions About Registration
FTA Staff: Community Outreach Manager
Registration Contact: Van Tran, (352) 538-7639, VanT@floridatrail.org
Questions About the Project
FTA Staff: Panhandle Trail Program Manager
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 large backpack for all your personal items
One 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, thorny plants)
Socks (synthetic or wool)
Bandana or BuffWarm
Insulating Layers (Night) – Puffy Jacket, Vest, Pants and Hat
Rain Jacket or Poncho
One pair of Hiking Boots (required)*
One 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 (optional)
Two 32-ounce water bottles
OR One 2-Liter 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)
Any Prescription Medications or Over-the-Counter Medications (seasonal allergies, pain relievers (Ibuprofen for inflammation/pain), etc.)
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
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT(PPE):
Mechanized Equipment (Mowers, Brush Cutters, Chainsaws, etc.)
Hand Tools (Loppers, Hand Saws, 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!