April 1824, 2008 (including weekend)
Must commit to 1 day
The Carr family cabin, located in the south western portion of the Ocala National Forest in central Florida, was the family "get-away", a place of solitude for the world famous naturalist, Archie Carr and his wife Marjorie. Archie Carr was the pioneer of ecosystems and sea turtle research and his wife was a noted Florida environmentalist credited with bringing about the de-authorization of the cross-Florida Barge Canal. The cabin is the last known standing pre-1939 cabin left on the Ocala National Forest and the Forest Service plans to restore it to honor the contributions of the Carrs.
Volunteers will assist Forest Service personnel with wetland rehabilitation and the restoration of the original approach road to the historic Carr family cabin. With your help, we will also conduct botanical mapping and trail layout and construction. Time permitting, volunteers may also conduct archaeological testing in the area surrounding the cabin.
Numerous recreational opportunities exist in central Florida. Ocala National Forest contains four separate, world-class, crystal clear springs that are ideal for swimming and snorkeling, as well as, canoeing, fishing, and wildlife observations along their runs. The Florida National Scenic Trail traverses the national forest from north to south. Temperatures should be pleasant at the time of the project, ranging from the low- to mid-eighties. Be forewarned, with Florida's humid environment, spring time means ticks, mosquitoes, and flies (OK, and an occasional snake). But don't worry, we are used to Florida and all it has to offer and will instruct you on normal precautions. Look on the bright sidewe don't have grizzly bears!
Number of openings: 15
Special skills: Botanical mapping, trail layout, and archaeological field experience helpful, but not required
Minimum age: 18 years old
Facilities: Several campgrounds are available within 30 minutes of the project area. Campgrounds have bathrooms, showers, and RV hookups; volunteers responsible for their own food, lodging, and campground fees; hotels in Silver Springs and Eustis, one hotel in Umatilla. Transportation to the project area will depend upon the number of volunteers and vehicles. There is a good dirt access road, easily traversed by 2-wheel drive vehicles.
Nearest towns: Umatilla, 15 miles; Eustis, 25 miles; Silver Springs, 40 miles
Applications due: February 15, 2008