Volunteer: Trail Maintenance in the Cohutta Wilderness

9:00 AM on Saturday, June 02

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The Conasauga District Trail Volunteers need YOUR HELP! On National Trails Day, June 2nd, we will be working in the beautiful Cohutta Wilderness working on the Penitentiary Branch Trail - water bars, drain dips, clearing blow downs, and anything else we come across. Staging from the Dally Gap Trailhead at 9:00AM. (http://teamconasauga.org/images/maps/dallygap_map.jpg)




How about challenging yet rewarding outdoor experiences that leave you with a great amount of personal satisfaction at the end of the day? If you have that desire come and join our "TEAM". As a Forest Service Volunteer on Team Conasauga, there are over 300 miles of trails that you can help put much TLC (trail loving care) back into for this precious resource. Volunteering gives you a chance to work side by side with our district employees and seasoned Volunteer Crew Leaders while learning more about places like the Cohutta Wilderness, the Pinhoti Trail and Georgia's distinctly different ridge and valley region located west of Dalton. Another plus is that you will enjoy the camaraderie of other people who share your love for the outdoors. The award-winning Conasauga Ranger District Forest Service Volunteer program works like this:

Volunteers work (work=fun here) as often as they like. Some come once or twice a year. Others once or twice a month. Our program runs year round. There is always something going on, always work to be done. Trail maintenance involves: clearing blown down trees and limbs, swingblading, trimming, water bar maintenance and construction to prevent erosion, campsite cleanup and rehabilitation, and more!


Trail Volunteers also receive the prestigious U.S. Forest Service Region 8 Trail Volunteer patch and additional rocker patches as they build up hours along the way. These are earned after 40 hours on the trail.

First-time volunteers should print and fill out the Volunteer Agreement. You can either mail it in or just bring it with you on the work day.

Volunteers might work on any of these core activities:

* Clear undergrowth and trim tree branches and bushes that have overgrown the trail right-of-way. Our tools include loppers, pruning saws and slingblades.

* Build and maintain waterbars or berms to divert rainwater from the trail. Our tools include pulaskis, fire rakes and shovels.

* Clear trees that have fallen on the trail right-of-way using crosscut saws within the wilderness and power saws elsewhere.

* Restore backcountry campsites using shovels and pulaskis.

IMPORTANT: You must call and register with the Forest Service before the work day. They will provide you with directions to the work site and further information on the type of work you'll be doing.

To sign up or get more information, contact Ed Lang of the U.S. Forest Service in Chatsworth. Call: 706-695-6736, Ext. 118 or e-mail: elang@fs.fed.us