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Helping Hands Workday in the Sipsey Wilderness
June 15, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
HELPING HANDS VOLUNTEER WORKDAY IN THE SIPSEY WILDERNESS!
Saturday, June 15th
Where to Meet: The Wild South Office (552 Lawrence St., Moulton, AL) at 8:30 AM.
Workday Details: Join us for hiking trail work along Borden Creek Trail (#200) and the southern end of Trail 203. Our plan for the day is to prune back encroaching vegetation, remove trail blockages, clean out campfire rings, and pick up trash. (There will be no crosscut work this time as our project can be completed using small saws and loppers.)
What to Expect: The hike will begin at Borden Creek trailhead on Bunyan Hill Road. We will proceed downstream on Borden Creek for about a mile and a half, then return to begin work on the southern end of Trail 203. Total hike mileage will be approximately 5 miles. Be prepared for the heat and the presence of ticks.
What to Bring: A backpack with work gloves, lunch, snacks, and plenty of drinking water. All tools will be provided but if you have loppers you’d like to bring, please do! We recommend bringing an Epi-Pen if needed for insect sting allergies. Dogs are not allowed on workday trips.
What to Wear: Wear comfortable clothing that’s both appropriate for the weather, as well as protective against sharp tools and briars. We recommend long pants, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.
Tick Protection: For protection against ticks, we recommend Permanone or Sawyers. These are effective permethrin products to be sprayed on clothing only (NOT on skin), and must be left to dry for 4 hours prior to wearing. These products don’t have a strong odor (like other sprays), allowing you to enjoy all the good smells of the forest. **NOTE: ticks are thriving and numerous this time of year. It’s very important to protect yourself against the diseases they carry!
RSVP Required: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (256) 974-6166. If meeting at the trailhead works best for you, let us know when signing up.
(Wild South’s Helping Hands Volunteer Program is funded by the generous donations of individuals like you, and by a matching grant from The National Forest Foundation.)