Final 2014 Jake & Bull Mtn trail workday Saturday 11/8

 

Hi everyone!   The final 2014 trail workday will be here soon.   If you’ve not volunteered in a while, please come join us.  We always have a lot of fun.  If you are new, this is a great opportunity for you to make new friends and learn these trails.  We’ll work until 1:30, eat lunch then the rest of the day is yours to enjoy.

Feel free to spread the word to your social networks and friends – everyone is welcome to participate.

 

Please make plans to join us on Saturday 11/8 at the Jake Mtn. parking lot.

 

Arrival time: 9:00 a.m.

Departure time: 9:30 a.m.

Work to be done:

  • Drive to FS77 and 223L to deberm and clean water turnouts along northern end of 223L
  • Hike or ride(bike or horse) to newly constructed turnpikes on 223H at Jones Creek to grade approaches to turnpikes to better drain the water (it’s puddling).  You’ll need to be able to carry a tool with you.
  • Drive or ride to northern end of Black Branch trail 223N (enter at guardrail on FS28-1) to brush back overgrowth along that old road bed
  • Anyone game to get the remaining turnpike timbers across Jones Creek to the other side for future turnpike building needs?  Either by roping across or carrying across (bring a dry set of clothes!)
  • Ride out on bike or horseback to various trails across the system, taking a rogue hoe with you to deberm and clean out muddy spots?  We’ll divvy up the trails based on how many sign up.
  • Would anyone like to be in charge of lunch for the day?  You’d need to provide a lunch that everyone can pack out with them so arrival by 9:00 would be needed.

Things to bring with you:

  • Boots
  • Long pants
  • Epi-pen if allergic to bees
  • Something to carry water & lunch in
  • Gloves
  • Helmet (or hard hat will be provided)
  • Bike or horse if you plan to ride to work site

Things CTHA will provide:

  • Lunch to carry out with you (since we’ll be split up)
  • Tools
  • Water

 

As you can see, there are several areas we’d like to work on.  Please RSVPto Debbie Crowe at georgiacrowes22@bellsouth.net if you want to join us.  She’ll also need to know which project you’d like to work on.  What we’ll work on will depend on how many people join us.  RSVP is important so you can be notified if plans change AND so there are enough lunches available.

 

Thanks for all your support this past year.  Together we have made a big impact on the quality of the trails that we all love to ride.

 

Debbie Crowe

CTHA USFS Liaison

Georgiacrowes22@bellsouth.net

404-316-7956

 

2015 Volunteer Training Calendar

This is the list of volunteer training events from each U.S. Forest Service ranger district in our area.  Please share with other volunteer groups who you think would benefit.

To register, fill out the Training Registration Form and send to the contact person listed for the corresponding event.  This is a link to the 2015 Training Calendar.  The events are also on our CoTrails Calendar.

 

 

U.S. Forest Service

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

2015 Volunteer Training Calendar

Date

Courses

Location

Contact
Person

3/38/2015            2nd Quarter

CPR/First Aid
Certification

 

Blue
Ridge Ranger District

 

Valencia Morris

706-745-6928
vcmorris@fs.fed.us

4/25/2015            3rd Quarter

Chainsaw
Certification

 

Blue
Ridge Ranger District

 

Valencia Morris

706-745-6928
vcmorris@fs.fed.us

7/25/2015            4th Quarter

CPR/First
Aid Certification

 

Blue
Ridge Ranger District

 

Valencia Morris

706-745-6928
vcmorris@fs.fed.us

10/10/2015            1st Quarter

Crosscut
Saw Certification

 

Blue
Ridge Ranger District

 

Valencia Morris

706-745-6928
vcmorris@fs.fed.us

4/11/2015            3rd Quarter

CPR/First
Aid Certification

 

Chattooga
River Ranger District

Janice Miller

706-754-6221
janicepmiller@fs.fed.us

6/13/2015            3rd Quarter

Chainsaw
Certification

 

Chattooga
River Ranger District

Janice Miller

706-754-6221
janicepmiller@fs.fed.us

TBA               Quarter

Crosscut Saw
Certification

 

Chattooga
River Ranger District

Janice Miller

706-754-6221
janicepmiller@fs.fed.us

1/31/2015              2nd Quarter

CPR/First
Aid Certification

 

Conasauga
Ranger District

Karen Larsen

706-695-6736
kalarsen@fs.fed.us

3/7/2015              2nd Quarter

Chainsaw
Certification

 

Conasauga
Ranger District

Karen Larsen

706-695-6736 kalarsen@fs.fed.us

5/9/2015              3rd Quarter

Crosscut
Saw Certification

 

Conasauga
Ranger District

Karen Larsen                  706-695-6736 kalarsen@fs.fed.us

10/10/2015            1st Quarter

CPR/First
Aid Certification

 

Oconee
Ranger District

 

Jeff McDonald               706-485-7110 jmcdonald@fs.fed.us

 

10/24/2015           1st Quarter

Chainsaw
Certification

 

 

Oconee
Ranger District

 

Jeff McDonald               706-485-7110 jmcdonald@fs.fed.us

 

 

 

U.S. Forest Service and Volunteers Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Events, Fee-Waivers

(Gainesville, Ga.) September 19, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service is offering a fee-free day on Saturday, Sept. 27 in conjunction with the 21st annual National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests and partnering organizations will host events across Georgia’s national forests that offer opportunities for individuals and families to join in an effort to improve the public lands they enjoy.

“If you love your national forests and the many recreation opportunities they have to offer, you have volunteers to thank,” said Forest Supervisor Betty Mathews. “Volunteering is a fantastic way for you and your family to connect with nature and to other folks who share similar interests. And no experience is needed—there are always things that anyone can do, regardless of age or skill level, to improve the forest for future visitors.”

National Public Lands Day encourages volunteers to explore and enjoy America’s natural wonders through outdoor recreation. Some of the scheduled events on Georgia’s national forests include:

Jake Mountain Trail:  Join the Blue Ridge Ranger District, Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association and Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) at the Jake Mountain Trail in Lumpkin County from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for a day of trail maintenance, education and fun. Many opportunities for learning about trail sustainability and fisheries will be a part of the celebration! Trout Unlimited will give a talk around 2:00 p.m. describing their work to improve local fish habitat. All in attendance are invited to a lunch at approximately 1:30 p.m. Please register by contacting Valencia Morris at (706) 745-6928 or vcmorris@fs.fed.us.

Ocmulgee Bluff Trail System:  Join the Oconee Ranger District, Back Country Horsemen of Central and South Georgia, Heart of Dixie Horse Lovers Club, Rockdale Trail Blazers and Georgia Horse Council for a trail work day on Ocmulgee Bluff Trail System in Jasper County beginning at 9:30 a.m. General maintenance will include surface hardening, trail clearing and tree planting at the trailhead. To sign up and for directions, contact Jeff McDonald by emailjmcdonald@fs.fed.us or call (706) 485-7110.

Volunteers should bring a lunch, snacks, or food to share, plenty of water, and a daypack to carry it all. They are asked to wear work gloves, sturdy shoes and bring a hard hat or bicycle helmet if one is owned. Most tools are provided by the Forest Service and partner organizations.

Among other partners, these National Public Lands Day events are supported by CoTrails, which is a collaborative effort among trail users and the Forest Service working together to develop a diverse, quality trail system that is maintainable and ecologically sustainable on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Visit www.CoTrails.org for more information on these and other upcoming volunteer trail events.

The Forest Service offers fee-free days in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, National Get Outdoors Day, National Public Lands Day and Veterans Day Weekend. Fees are waived generally for day use areas, such as picnic grounds and developed trailheads. Fees are not waived for concessionaire-operated facilities or for overnight use such as camping. Contact your local national forest office to learn if your destination requires a fee and if that fee is waived.

For more information on how to get involved with volunteer efforts on the national forest, contact the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests office at (770) 297-3000 or visit the website at www.fs.usda.gov/conf. Smartphone and tablet users can also view news and events, including volunteer opportunities, by using the forest’s free mobile app. Download the app by visiting www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mobile-app.

For more information about National Public Lands Day, visit the website atwww.publiclandsday.org.

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests provide the finest outdoor recreation opportunities and natural resources in Georgia. Featuring nearly 118,000 acres of designated Wilderness, hundreds of miles of clear-running streams and rivers, approximately 850 miles of recreation trails, and dozens of campgrounds, picnic areas, and other recreation activity opportunities, these lands are rich in natural scenery, history and culture. The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests is part of the Southern Region, with the Forest Supervisor’s office in Gainesville, Georgia, managing four District units in Blairsville (Blue Ridge District), Lakemont (Chattooga River District), Chatsworth (Conasauga District), and Eatonton (Oconee District).