Volunteer Work Party

January 11-13, 2019

Yellow River Ravines Trail Maintenance

Western Gate Chapter

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Join volunteers from the Western Gate Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA) as we work to build and maintain trail in the Yellow River Ravines Section.

This project is in the Florida Panhandle between Milton and Crestview. The FNST in this area runs along the western banks of the Yellow River in Blackwater River State Forest and the Yellow River Water Management area, across from the Eglin Air Force Reservation. Volunteers will help construct and maintain trail, which will include clearing the trail corridor, grubbing out small trees and brush, clearing roots and trees, and potentially constructing trail infrastructure. Wet trail conditions are common. All tools and PPE will be provided by the FTA.

Hiking boots (description below) and long pants are required. Long-sleeve t-shirts are recommended.

**Arrive after 4pm on Friday, Jan. 11 to set up camp and have dinner with the crew. Work will start promptly at 8am on Saturday and will wrap up by the afternoon on  Sunday, Jan. 13.

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


Name: Guest Lake Park 

Address: 3850 Yellow River Log Lake Rd
 Holt State: FL Zip code: 32564
County: Okaloosa County
GPS Coordinates: 
30.661760, -86.764486

Type: Backcountry car camping
Guest Lake Boat Ramp: located at the southern end of the Yellow River Log Lake Road, the park has pavilions, fire rings, water, and a portable toilet. No showers or electricity.
Camping Notes: Bring your own camping gear. Dinner will be provided on Friday and Saturday. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.


Bathroom: Yes (Port-a-potty)
Shower: No
Potable Water: Yes (Pitcher pump and bottle water provided by FTA)
Electricity: No

RV Hookups: No – No RVs

Type of work: Trail Maintenance

Maintenance Unit: Yellow River Ravines
Region: Florida Panhandle

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 3 Miles
Activity Level: Moderate
Start Time: @ 8:00 AM (breakfast at 7:00 AM)
End Time: approx. 3:00 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.

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
Crew Lead / FTA Chapter: Ed Williamson, Western Gate
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 Bag
Sleeping Pad or Inflatable Mattress
Foldable Camp Chair
Ear Plugs

Bring a Cup, a Bowl and Eating Utensils

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 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)
Head net

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.)

Safety Whistle

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.

Experienced Crew Leaders

Hard Hat
Safety Glasses
Ear Protection

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.)

Water will be available via a pitcher bump and bottled water


Thank you for volunteering with the Florida Trail Association. Your service allows millions to experience the unique wildlands in Florida!