January 15-17, 2020
Three Lakes Trail Maintenance
Indian River Chapter
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Join the Indian River Chapter in maintaining the Florida Trail and side trails within Three Lakes WMA. We will be conducting general trail maintenance including mowing, lopping, blazing and hand sawing.
Named for the three lakes that border the area, Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area preserves pine flatwoods, a significant portion of the Kissimmee Prairie that is one of the last remaining expanses of dry prairie in the United States, and numerous other natural communities. The wet prairies around Lake Kissimmee provide crucial wintering grounds for both sandhill cranes and whooping cranes. The trail wanders through palmetto prairies and pine flatwoods, open scrub and prairies. Come join our trail stewards to blaze, mow and cut back vegetation on the Florida Trail.
We will camp at the group campsite which features a large fire pit and a gorgeous live oak canopy. All meals Friday dinner- Sunday lunch will be provided. Please plan to arrive no earlier than 4pm on Friday, Jan. 15th to set up camp and enjoy dinner with the crew. The workdays will be on Saturday and Sunday.
Please note: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the FTA team and our partners have dedicated extensive time and care into creating new and safe operating procedures for our FTA events and volunteer work parties. With these COVID-19 Operating Procedures in place, our focus is to minimize all participants’ possible exposure to the virus as much as possible. The comfort and safety of our FTA community members is of utmost priority to us.
Per the FTA Covid-19 protocols we will break into crews of no more than 5 members each day, working on different sections of the trail. Camping will also be broken up into teams of no more than 5 members with one centralized kitchen cooking for the group. Meals will be served and taken back to each camp. Masks will be utilized when appropriate and sanitation guidelines will be strictly adhered to.
Hiking boots (description below) and long pants are required. Long-sleeve t-shirts are recommended. **Bring an orange shirt or brightly-colored clothing as hunting may be occurring in other areas of the property
This event is a free volunteer opportunity. Join our crew and have fun!
In order to ensure that we are within our group size capacity due to COVID-19, registration for this work party is on a per-day basis. REGISTER through these links below to join one or more of the workdays for this maintenance event!:
Name: Three Lakes WMA
Address: Road 19, Prairie Lakes Unit, Three Lakes WMA
City: Kenansville State: FL Zip code: 34739
County: Osceola County
Type: Back-country car camping
MAPS: Three Lakes Map
GPS: Latitude 27.915718// Longitude -81.133716
Osceola County (27.915718, -81.133716), entrance is on the south side of 523 (Canoe Creek Road), about 9 miles northwest of Kenansville. Canoe Creek Road connects US 192 and US441.
Solar Shower: Yes
Potable Water: Yes (water Provided by the FTA)
RV Hookups: No RVs Allowed
Camp Notes: Remote back-country Volunteer Work Party
Type of work: Trail Maintenance
Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail, Three Lakes WMA
Maintenance Unit: Three Lakes WMA
Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 5 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)
Max Group Size: 20 volunteers
Physical Difficulty: Easy to 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, email@example.com
Questions About the Project
FTA Chapter: Indian River
Project Contact: Bill Alexander, (321) 693-7369, firstname.lastname@example.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)
Headlamp and/or small backpacking flashlight
Protective face mask
Personal container of hand sanitizer (hand sanitizer & cleaning supplies will also be provided by the FTA)
Tent (Rain Fly) and Footprint (if desired for tent)
Sleeping Pad or Inflatable Mattress
Foldable Camp Chair
Camp mug or thermos for coffee (clean eating utensils will be provided by the FTA)
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 sturdy, closed-toed shoes for hiking
One pair of sturdy camp shoes (closed-toed camp shoes are required for anyone assisting in the kitchen)
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.
SUN & BUG PROTECTION:
Sunscreen, lip balm, sun glasses, sun-shielding hat
Effective Bug Spray (DEET or Picaridin-based recommended)
Head net (optional)
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.)
At this Volunteer Work Party the Florida Trail Association will provide the following gear and services.
Experienced Crew Leaders
STERILIZED PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT(PPE):
Extra Face Masks
Mechanized Equipment (Mowers, Brush Cutters, Chainsaws, etc.)
Hand Tools (Loppers, Hand Saws, etc.)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Kitchen Essentials (Pots, Pans, Knives, Plates, Utensils, etc.)
Sanitary Stations (Bins, Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Water, etc.)
Thank you for volunteering with the Florida Trail Association. Your service allows millions to experience the unique wildlands in Florida!