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Ocala National Forest, Western Corridor Puncheon Replacement Project - Week 2
Join the Florida Trail Association in a two-week long trail project, a showcase for the 2018/2019 trail season. The Western Corridor of the Florida Trail on the Ocala National Forest is a wet and wild place with terrain not commonly found on the well-traveled Eastern Corridor. This project is entirely focused on replacing aging infrastructure to enhance the safety and quality of eleven miles of trail. The existing puncheon (by definition: a heavy slab of timber, roughly dressed, for use as a floorboard) is in very poor condition and in dire need of replacement. During this two-week long project, we will install over 9,000 board feet of new puncheon! It is a very large undertaking and we are excited to have the opportunity to partner with our friends at REI Inc. and the National Forest Foundation to make it happen. This will be a labor-intensive carpentry project that will involve lots of hard work. Project work includes: removing old puncheons, often hauling very heavy timbers by hand, and replacing them with new timbers, also often carried by hand. There is certainly a job for everyone, however, so if hauling heavy timbers is not your thing, there is plenty of other less intense work to be done. We will split into multiple crews each day. This project is broken up into two weeks with a short break in between to reset. This project is large in scale, from the large number of volunteers and crews involved to the logistical feat of materials management and the immense base camp and kitchen set up. We need all the help we can get and we encourage you to hone your carpentry skills and work alongside other volunteers from across the state during this fantastic project. In addition to the puncheon work, there will also be general trail maintenance along the Florida Trail, including the construction of a brand new section of trail around the Hull Creek Swamp. This trail relocation will eliminate a hazardous section of trail as well as a four-mile road walk! Hiking boots and long pants are required. Long-sleeve t-shirts are recommended. ***This is a two-week project with a break in the middle on the 16th. Volunteers are welcome to come for one day or for the entire session! This event is a free volunteer opportunity. Join our crew and have fun!! Register for this event at

Fore Lake campground

14434 County Road 314, Silver Springs, Florida 34488 · Ocala, FL

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Welcome to the Black Bear Chapter Meetup of the Florida Trail Association, serving Putnam, Flagler, and Volusia Counties. Formerly known as the Halifax-St. Johns Chapter, this Chapter maintains approximately 100 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail and Florida Trail in northern Ocala National Forest and north from Buckman Lock to Etoniah Creek, including the Rice Creek section. Trail maintenance is often accomplished with week-long camping outings. The Black Bear Chapter also maintains loop trails including the Bella Vista Trail at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park and the St. Francis Hiking Trail in the southern Ocala National Forest. The Black Bear Chapter schedules a variety of activities including trail maintenance, hiking, backpacking, camping, paddling, picnics and educational opportunities. Come enjoy the amazing natural beauty of our Florida environment. We welcome your suggestions and participation. The goal of Black Bear Chapter Meetup of the Florida Trail Association is to support the Florida Trail Association’s mission of building and maintaining the Florida National Scenic Trail as well as other trails throughout Florida. Our activities and members are in support of that goal. The Florida National Scenic Trail is a 1,100 mile public accessible trail spanning the length of Florida from the Big Cypress National Preserve at the Everglades to Gulf Islands National Seashore in the western Panhandle. There is no fee to join this Meetup and participate in events open to the public. Black Bear Chapter is one of 18 Florida Trail Association chapters statewide that provides volunteers to build and maintain the Florida National Scenic Trail. Building, maintaining and enjoying the Florida National Scenic Trail is our mission. Members of our Meetup group are not members of FTA until they join FTA. The Florida Trail Association is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1966. We depend on your paid membership in the FTA and your generous donations for maintaining the Florida Trail. You can join the Florida Trail Association here: (

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