Volunteers have two options if they decide to join Wild South for a Helping Hands Workday on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wild South staff and wilderness rangers will lead two different groups on projects in the Sipsey Wilderness next weekend. Volunteers’ first option is to help Wild South with naturalizing, cleaning, and reducing the size of several fire pits along Eagle and Little Ugly creeks.
For this project, participants can expect to trek about five miles round-trip with a lunch break at the waterfalls.
“Work is off-trail and rugged,” staff members said. “Wear clothes you can expect to get dirty with black ash. Wear comfortable clothing that’s both appropriate for the weather as well as protective against sharp tools and briars. We recommend long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.”
A second option for helping on the workday will involve privet pulling on Corinth Glade near the entrance to Corinth Recreation Area in Winston County.
“Restoration of the glade in the Corinth area of the Bankhead National Forest is an on-going partnership project by Wild South and the Bankhead District of the Forest Service. We will be removing Chinese privet that has grown in the glade, and hauling away the cut and pulled plants,” Wild South said. “Botanist Kevin England, who is doing research on the glade, will be there to educate about the unique flora on the glade.”
Those who volunteer for this project should wear shoes to tread slippery rocks in the event of rain and be prepared to work in areas with very little shade.
Tools will be provided for each project, Wild South said. Volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves, lunch, snacks, and plenty of drinking water. Those who wish to bring their own hand tools are also encouraged to do so.
Wild South also recommends that volunteers who participate in either project protect themselves against ticks. Wild South recommends Permanone or Sawyers, which are permethrin products that should be sprayed on clothing and left to dry for at least four hours before wearing.
Registration is required for each project. To sign-up for campsite maintenance along Eagle and Little Ugly creeks, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-974-6166. The group size for the project is limited to 10 participants.
To register for option two, contact Janice@wildsouth.org or call 256-974-6166.
Volunteers for either project may meet at the Wild South office at 8:30 the morning of the projects, or they may meet at the volunteer site of their choosing at 9:15 a.m. Participants should let Wild South know of their preferred meeting place upon registration.
No dogs or smoking will be permitted for either project.
Wild South is located at 552 Lawrence Street in Moulton.