National Public Lands Day work project and picnic
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Sipsey Recreation Area parking lot, Bankhead National Forest
Come volunteer, socialize and feast with us as we celebrate our national forest!
Sign up HERE!
Every year, Wild South volunteers come together on National Public Lands Day to participate in a work project in the Bankhead National Forest. On the same day, thousands of other folks are doing the same on other public lands all over the country.
The Project: Trash pick-up on Cranal Road
This is the 10-mile, two lane paved road that runs east/west from Highway 33 to the Kinlock Road in the Bankhead National Forest. It forms most of the southern boundary of the Sipsey Wilderness.
We are coordinating this project with the Forest Service, who will provide safety signs, trash bags and personnel with a truck.
Wild South will provide all trash grabbers, buckets, some safety vests, drinking water refills (for your water bottle), First Aid kit.
Bring work gloves, safety vest if you have one, bandana, water bottle, snacks, a folding chair or blanket for the picnic. Tick repellent may or may not be needed. If severe reaction to insect stings are a concern, bring your Epi-Pen.
If you have a pick-up truck or other vehicle suitable for hauling trash, please bring it! Volunteers who use their vehicles for hauling trash to the dumpsters at the Central Lookout firetower on Highway 33 will receive mileage reimbursement. If you have and can bring a truck, please let us know when you sign up.
Wear protective clothing such as long pants, closed-toe shoes, sun block, hat.
You don’t have to do a thing (except spend the morning picking up trash) – the picnic is on us! Wild South is providing food and drinks. At noon we will lay down our trash grabbers and meet up at project headquarters, the parking lot of Sipsey Recreation Area on Cranal Road, for the picnic.
Sipsey Wilderness Trail 200 begins here, as well as the trail along Sipsey Fork in the Sipsey Recreation Area and the trail along Turkeyfoot Creek. Wild South staff will be available after the picnic for short hikes, or you may hike on your own to these amazing places.
After signing up, arrive at the Sipsey Recreation Area upper parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Directions: From Highway 33 about 10 miles south of Moulton, turn west onto Lawrence County Road 6 (Cranal Road). Go 4 miles to the Recreation Area just before crossing Sipsey Fork. No need to pay at the kiosk – we will give you a volunteer slip to put on your dash.
Wild South is grateful to these funders who make our Helping Hands volunteer program possible:
Our individual donors, The National Forest Foundation, a grant from the General Fund of the Walker Area Community Foundation, and Legacy.