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On November 17, Wild South volunteers tackled a huge privet population and blown-down trees along and on Sipsey Wilderness Trail #206 on Thompson Creek.  Thank you, privet warriors and crosscut team!

Now, let’s do it again.

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Wild South’s Helping Hands Volunteer Workday in the Bankhead National Forest (Alabama)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

8:30 a.m. at the Wild South office

Sign up at janice@wildsouth.org or 256-974-6166

On our December work day, we will return to Sipsey Wilderness Trail #206 (Thompson Creek Trail) and continue to pull privet.  This is an on-going project that is best done during the fall and winter seasons.  We will also need our certified crosscut sawyers to clear blockages on Sipsey Wilderness Trail #209 (Sipsey River Trail).

Privet pulling on 206:  Only hand tools are allowed in wilderness.  For privet eradication, we use weed wrenches, pulaskis and saws. The hike in to the work site is about 1.25 miles.

Trail clearing on 209:  Crosscutters will hike in about 1.5 miles from Sipsey Recreation Area and work eastward.  This requires crossing Borden Creek where 209 joins trail 200.

All tools are provided.

Bring a backpack with lunch, snacks, drinking water; work gloves; a hard hat if you have one.

Wear clothes that are layered for comfort, bring rain gear if rain is in the forecast.  For both privet pullers and sawyers, long pants, long sleeves and sturdy boots that protect feet from sharp and hacking tools are strongly recommended.

After signing up, meet the crew at the Wild South office at 11312 AL Highway 33, Moulton, AL, intersection of Highways 33 and 36.  Or let us know if you prefer to meet us at the trailhead.

Wild South’s Helping Hands volunteer program is funded by the generosity of our individual donors, by a grant from The National Forest Foundation, and by a grant from the General Fund of the Walker Area Community Foundation.

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