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Rodman Dam/Ocala National Forest Trail Maintenance_Oct. 2019

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US Forest Service OHV Campground on FR 11 in the Ocala National Forest

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Join the Black Bear Chapter as they host their first Volunteer Work Party of the maintenance season!

Camping is provided at the OHV center in the Ocala National Forest and work will be done from Rodman Dam heading south. The OHV Center campground features a large group area with full restroom facilities. The campground also includes ample parking and a gated area with picnic benches and a covered pavilion.

Nearby, volunteers can visit the iconic 88 store – a country bar and restaurant that is a warm home to hikers, motorcycle enthusiasts, sportsmen and locals alike. Here volunteers can enjoy a cold drink and enjoy the lively scene. This bar is a major resupply point and a trail magic mecca. The 88 store features a geo-cache (try to find it!), a dog kennel, a small coin-operated laundry room and a large front porch that features an odd-assortment of chairs, tables and couches.

The Florida Trail through this section is characterized by tall long-leaf pine forests, palmetto undergrowth and sprawling Sandhill communities. Florida black bear sightings are most common along this segment, as are Florida scrub-jays which thrive in this type of environment.

We will do routine trail maintenance on the FT starting at Rodman Dam and working south. The Florida Trail Association will provide tools, PPE and food for the project and volunteers are responsible for bringing their own camping gear, day pack to carry lunch, water bottles, and other personal items. There are no RV hookups at the OHV Center.

Hiking boots and 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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