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Helping Hands Workday in the Sipsey Wilderness
October 12, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
HELPING HANDS VOLUNTEER WORKDAY IN THE SIPSEY WILDERNESS!
Saturday, October 12
Where to Meet: The Wild South Office (552 Lawrence St., Moulton, AL) at 8:30 AM.
Workday Details: Beginning at the Sipsey Recreation Area trailhead on Cranal Road, we will hike in a little over a mile on first Trail 200 then 209 to begin work on the recovery of a short section of the trail from a blowdown. Crosscut saws will not be required for this job. After the completion of the trail recovery, we will work on a drainage problem on the trail, then hike further to brush out the trail, removing encroaching vegetation and trail blockages.
What to Expect: Total hiking distance will be about 4 miles.
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 and a hardhat you’d like to bring, please do! We recommend bringing an Epi-Pen if needed for insect sting allergies.
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!
Important: Dogs and smoking are not allowed on workday trips.
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.)