Florida Trail Association

Volunteer Work Party

March 30-31, 2019

Seminole State Forest Trail Maintenance
Highlanders Chapter

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Join the Highlanders Chapter in completing a reroute in Seminole State Forest that will eliminate 3 miles of road walk from the Florida Trail. Camping on Saturday night is optional will be available at no cost to participants at the Clearwater Recreation Area. Lunch will be provided at the work site on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast will be provided at Clearwater Lake for those camping. Participants may show up for any portion of the weekend that they are available.

On Saturday and Sunday mornings we will meet at the new trail crossing on Bottany Woods Drive (exact GPS point linked below) at 9AM. Our focus will be clearing the new trail corridor. The bulk of the work will entail grubbing large palmetto roots using pulaskis (mattocks), hand sawing and lopping. Please be aware before signing up that clearing new trail and grubbing will be more physically demanding than maintaining existing trail.

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

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Name: Clearwater Recreation Area

Address: 24511 County Road 42
City:
 Paisley State: FL Zip code: 32767
County: Polk County

Latitude: 28.980547  Longitude: -81.554622

Type: Front-country car camping

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Bathroom: Yes
Shower: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Power: No
RV Hookups: Yes

Type of work: Trail Maintenance

Trail Work Starting Location

Maintenance Unit: Seminole State Forest

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 2 Miles
Activity Level: Moderate
Start Time: @ 8:00 AM
End Time: approx. 3:00 PM

Minimum Age: 16 years old (*Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a Legal Guardian. These individuals must also complete a Youth Waiver Form)
Youth Allowed (Under 18): Yes
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 – @ 8:00 AM
Lunch: Yes – @ approx. 12:00 PM
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 Chapter: Highlanders
Project Contact: Francis Keenan, (352) 787-8654, fkeenan@embarqmail.com

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

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

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!