Wild South is seeking volunteers to help with two cleanup projects in the Sipsey Wilderness on Saturday, Feb. 16. 

Wild South Program Manager Mark Kolinski will lead one team to help with hiking trail maintenance while Wild South Outreach Coordinator Janice Barrett leads a second team in resuming Chinese privet control, a project that was interrupted by the government shutdown. 

Crosscutters are needed for hiking trail maintenance, but other volunteers will be able to assist with trimming, swamping and similar duties. 

“Trail maintenance is physically demanding work that requires hiking into the selected trail while carrying all hand tools needed for the project,” Barrett said. 

She will lead a second team to Thompson Creek, located on the western side of the Sipsey Wilderness to resume work in controlling the invasive weed, Chinese privet.

Barrett said this project will also be very physically demanding as it involves stopping and pulling of weeds. She said her group will be lead into trail-less areas and participants must be able to hike the terrain while carrying all necessary hand tools.

Work equipment for each project will be provided.

For both projects, volunteers will need to wear weather-appropriate clothing and protective sturdy footwear. Long pants and sleeves are recommended. Participants should also pack lunch, snacks, drinking water and work gloves. 

Advanced registration is required. Those interested may signup by emailing Janice@wildsouth.org or calling 256-974-6166. Volunteers are asked to provide their phone number and indicate their project preference upon registration.

Dogs are not allowed on work projects.

Registered volunteers should meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Wild South office located at 552 Lawrence Street, Moulton. If meeting the group at the trailhead works best, let Wild South know when you sign up.

Wild South’s Helping Hands volunteer program is funded by individual donations and by a matching grant from The National Forest Foundation.

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