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Work Day in Sipsey Wilderness
August 31 @ 8:30 am
Join Wild South for a Work Day in the Sipsey Wilderness!
Saturday, August 31st
Where to Meet: The Wild South Office (552 Lawrence St., Moulton, AL) at 8:30 AM.
Workday Details: Join Wild South staff, wilderness rangers and volunteers for an exciting work day in the Sipsey Wilderness! The day will begin with a crosscut demonstration on the Borden Creek trail, removing a large oak tree from the trail with traditional tools. Certified sawyer or not, come on down and get a chance to pull on a crosscut saw! Talk to our staff and wilderness rangers about how you can become a volunteer wilderness ranger and how you can become certified to use traditional tools on National Forest land. After the traditional tools demonstration we will caravan around to Kinlock Falls where we will pick up trash both around the water and on the road. After that we will swim and have a good time to end a day of hard work.
What to Expect: Total walking distance will be approximately less than a mile round trip. Our work locations will keep us in close proximity to the cool waters of Sipsey Fork and Hubbard Creek. Taking a dip as needed is highly recommended!
What to Bring: A backpack with work gloves, lunch, snacks, plenty of drinking water, and supplemental electrolytes (Gatorade, coconut water, etc.). All tools will be provided, but if you have loppers or a hardhat you’d like to bring, please do! We recommend bringing an Epi-Pen if needed for insect sting allergies. We kindly request no dogs or smoking 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. If you plan to stay to swim, bring a change of clothes and a towel.
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!