Volunteer Work Party

March 21-24, 2019

Western Corridor, Ocala National Forest Trail Maintenance
Black Bear Chapter

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The Western Corridor of the Ocala National Forest is a wet and wild place that needs some TLC.  Earlier this year we put in a mammoth effort to replace aging infrastructure and now it is time to maintain the trail up to standard.  This is a makeup event from a larger one planned during the government shutdown.  We will have a fantastic time with a great crew so come on out and get in some trail time before the hot weather settles in.

We will maintain to standard almost 20 miles of the Florida Trail on the Western Corridor of the Ocala National Forest.  This is a beautiful section of trail that is very different from the more often used Eastern side of the forest.  We will rely heavily on mechanical tools like mowers, chainsaws, brushcutters, and hedge trimmers for this project.

Hiking boots and long pants are required. Long-sleeve t-shirts are recommended.

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

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Name: OHV Center
Address: https://goo.gl/maps/4Z99U1ya97F2
City:
Fort McCoy State: FL Zipcode: 32134
County: Marion County

GPS (if Applicable): 29.400449, -81.804994

Type: Front-country car camping and RV camping (No Hookups)

We will have a large camping setup at the OHV Center on the Ocala National Forest.  All meals will be provided by the FTA during this project.

Tent camping will be available with full facility bathrooms.  There will be electrical outlets in the kitchen for charging cell phones and the like but none available near the tents.

Driving Directions:
From the junction of Forest Service Road 11 and County Road 316 head north on FR 11 (dirt road) for 3 miles.  There is poor cell service to plan ahead.  If you google The 88 Store in Fort McCoy, the OHV is due north from there.

https://goo.gl/maps/Pa55wHEmajC2

Bathroom: Yes
Shower: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Power: Yes
RV Camping: Yes but no hookups

We will maintain to standard almost 20 miles of the Florida Trail on the Western Corridor of the Ocala National Forest.  This is a beautiful section of trail that is very different from the more often used Eastern side of the forest.  We will rely heavily on mechanical tools like mowers, chainsaws, brushcutters, and hedge trimmers for this project.

Type of work: Trail Maintenance

Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail, Western Corridor, Ocala National Forest

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 5 Miles
Activity Level: Medium

IMPORTANT TIMES
Meals:  Coffee 6:30 AM/Breakfast 7:00 AM – Lunch prepared in AM and eaten at worksite/Work starts: 8:00 AM/Work ends: 3:00 PM/Dinner 6:00 PM

Start Time:
Wednesday (3/20): Arrive after 4:00 PM (No Work) This is not a work day, but rather a day to set up your camp and enjoy a first meal with the crew and prepare for the work ahead. (Dinner served only).

Thursday (3/21): If not camping, arrive at OHV Center. campsite by 8:00 AM for work detail. (All meals provided)

Friday (3/22): Work begins at 8:00 AM. Ends 3:00 PM

Saturday (3/23): Work begins at 8:00 AM. Ends 3:00 PM

End Time:
Sunday  (3/24): Work begins as 8:00 AM and ends approx. 3:00 PM (Breakfast and packable lunch provided)

Minimum Age: 18
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.

Meals will be provided from Wednesday (3/20) Dinner to Sunday (3/24) lunch

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: Jeff Glenn, (352) 514-1455, jeffg@floridatrail.org

To register for this Volunteer Work Party please click the link below.

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 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)

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

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, thorny plants)
Socks (synthetic or wool)
Bandana or Buff
Insulating Layers (Night) – Puffy Jacket, Vest, Pants and Hat
Rain Jacket or Poncho
Comfortable change of clothes for camping in

SHOES:
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.

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

WATER:*
Two-Three 32-ounce water bottles
OR One 2 to 3-Liter 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, toothbrush, etc.), Toilet 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.)

SAFETY:
Safety Whistle

BEYOND THE BASICS:
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

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

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!