Volunteer Work Party

February 20-23, 2020

Withlacoochee State Forest Trail Maintenance
Suncoast Chapter

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Join FTA staff and the Suncoast Chapter as they maintain the Richloam and Croom Tracts of the beautiful Withlacoochee State Forest! The Richloam and Croom Tracts of Withlacoochee State Forest offer a wide variety of plant and animal life. The trail passes through cypress floodplains, bayheads, pine-palmetto flatlands, hardwood hammocks, rolling sandhills and open pine prairies. Long green tunnels of ancient, fern-draped live oaks shade the trail in places.

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


Name: Crooked River Campground in Silver Lake Recreation Complex

Address: 31475 Silver Lake Road
 Brooksville State: FL Zip code: 34602

Type: Front-country car camping

Driving Directions:
Via I-75: Take Exit 301 – SR-50/US Hwy 98. Head east on SR-50/US Hwy 98 to Croom Rital Road located at the 3rd traffic light. Turn left (north) on Croom-Rital Road and continue approximately 3.5 miles to the entrance to Silver Lake Recreation Complex on the right. After passing gatehouse, stay on road to the right to the campground. Crooked River Campground is the last campground at the end of the campground road. Sites 77-79 are reserved for FTA.


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

Type of work: Trail Maintenance

Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail, Western Corridor, Withlacoochee State Forest
Maintenance Unit: Richloam and Croom Tract

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

Start Time:
Thursday (2/20): Arrive at 4:00 PM to setup camp and enjoy dinner with the crew (No Work)
Friday (2/21) – Sunday (2/23): @ 8:00 AM

End Time:
Friday – Saturday : approx. 3:00 PM
Sunday: approx. 12:00 PM

Minimum Age: 1 6 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.

Thursday (2/20): No breakfast
Friday (2/21) – Sunday (2/23): Yes – @ 7:00 AM

Thursday: No lunch
Friday – Sunday : Yes – lunch packed @ breakfast (sandwiches and snacks)

Thursday – Saturday: Yes – approx. 6:00 PM
Sunday: No Dinner

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: North Florida Trail Program Manager
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.


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)
Safety Whistle

Tent (Rain Fly) and Footprint (if desired for tent)
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad or Inflatable Mattress
Foldable Camp Chair
Ear Plugs
Headlamp and/or small backpacking flashlight

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.

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 or Picardin-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.)

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.)


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!