October 11-13, 2019
Pine Log State Forest, Econfina Trail Maintenance
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Join the Panhandle Chapter as they maintain the Steephead section of Pine Log State Forest.
Pine Log State Forest, purchased in 1936, is Florida’s first state forest. Using an ecosystem management approach, the Florida Forest Service provides for multiple uses of the forest resources. The forest is managed for timber, wildlife, outdoor recreation and ecological restoration. It is home to a diverse mixture of animal and plant species, including the following endangered, threatened species and species of special concern: flatwoods salamander, gopher tortoise, southern milkweed, white-top pitcher-plant and Chapman’s crownbeards. There are various natural communities found on the forest. They include sandhills, flatwoods, cypress ponds and titi swamps. Pine Log State Forest has three named streams (Pine Log Creek, Little Crooked Creek and Ditch Branch), as well as several small lakes and ponds.
The work will be focused on recovery efforts from Hurricane Michael, clearing debris and making the Florida Trail along Econfina River accessible again using mechanized equipment and hand tools.
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
Camp Notes: 4-wheel drive cars are not required, but would help transport gear/crew members to more remote parts of the park.
Type of work: Trail Maintenance
Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail, Steephead
Maintenance Unit: Pine Log State Forest East and West
Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 5 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: 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 – @ 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
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)
Bathroom Essentials (camp soap, toothbrush, etc.), Toilet Paper, Wash Cloth and Pack Towel
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
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!