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Owl Pine/Juniper Prairie Wilderness Trail Maintenance 2019

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Owl Pine Camp

1108 Reynolds Road

DeLeon Springs, FL 32130

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Join the Black Bear Chapter during a week-long trail maintenance project in the Juniper Prairie Wilderness in the Ocala National Forest, between Rt. 40 and Pat'sIsland.

The Juniper Prairie Wilderness in the Ocala National Forest is a complex mosaic of ancient scrub forests, pine islands and broad, open prairies where wildlife thrives. Nearby, Hidden Pond is a favorite local getaway and a jewel of the Ocala National Forest.

This Volunteer Work Party is unique to the Florida Trail, as it is only maintained with hand tools. This brings a legacy of skill and hard work to each day. This type of work reminds us of our forefathers who broke trail through this section of forest in the early 1960’s.

This wilderness was also the inspiration for Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’s breakthrough novel the Yearling (1938), which describes Florida’s wilderness and the common themes which revolved around the settling of America. This book was later adapted into the 1946 movie of the same title, starring Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman, Jr., Chill Wills and Forrest Tucker.

As a designated and federally protected wilderness, the Juniper Prairie Wilderness has been virtually untouched by humans where visitors take only memories and leave only footprints. Here backpackers and day-hikers alike can still experience the pristine wilderness as described Rawlings’s book.

Don’t miss out on this unique volunteer experience! Crews will perform moderate trail maintenance in the Ocala Forest, and volunteers should expect to hike over 4 miles a day. We will be working mostly on the south half of Juniper Prairie Wilderness. Because of the Wilderness designation, all of the trail maintenance work is done with hand tools, no power tools are used.

Plan to arrive no earlier than 4pm on Friday, the 18th to set up camp and enjoy dinner with the crew. Work will start promptly at 8am on Saturday, the 19th.

Hiking boots nd long pants are required. Long-sleeve t-shirts are recommended.

This event is a free volunteer opportunity. Join our crew and have fun!

More information on volunteering at this work party HERE.

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