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Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

March 18, 2018 - March 24, 2018

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Tupelo Trail, a 3.3 mile trail at Savannah NWR in Hardeeville, SC, was damaged during Hurricane Irma. Combined with damage from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, the trail has been under repair for over a year. While trees have been cleared, and most of the trail marked, staff needs assistance with building and installing simple bridges over areas of water, and improving or extending existing boardwalks and trails. Work will include clearly delineating the path through the woods, marking trails (paint blazes), building or improving 3 water crossings, and clearing brush. Goals are to complete accurate marking and delineation of the trail and improve year-round end-to-end access for hikers and hunters. Housing is provided at a USFWS bunkhouse, and transportation can be arranged to and from the local airport, as well as to and from the work site(s). Work will be with hand tools (shovels, rakes, hand saws, brush loppers, sledge hammer, e.g.), and some power tools (power drill, brush cutter, weed whip, e.g.). All use of tools and vehicles must follow USFWS guidance, with project tools best suited for participants over the age of 18. Safety equipment and orientation will be provided. Savannah NWR is one of over 560 national wildlife refuges located throughout the United States. The 31,551-acre refuge is home to large concentrations of wading birds and wintering ducks, bald eagles, neo-tropical migratory songbirds, and American alligators. Refuge headquarters and trail work location are located just miles from historic downtown Savannah, GA.

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Host

Fish and Wildlife Service

Accommodations

Dormitory/Bunkhouse

Hiking/Access

Day Hiking up to 3 miles per day

Project Rating

Moderate

Minimum Volunteer Age

16

Maximum Group Size

10

Area and Attractions

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, established April 6, 1927, consists of 29,452 acres of freshwater marshes, tidal rivers and creeks, and bottomland hardwoods. About half the refuge is bottomland, composed primarily of cypress, gum, and maple species. Access to these areas is by boat only. There are also opportunities to explore charming historic Savannah, Georgia with a thriving arts and culture scene.  Also enjoy public beaches, kayaking, boating, and fishing opportunities.  Refuge is located within two hours of other metropolitan areas like Charleston, South Carolina.  One may want to arrive early to participate in the famous Savannah St. Patrick's Day activities, March 17.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will stay in a shared bunkhouse with central heat and air located at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge about 45 minutes from the site.  Bunkhouse includes washer/dryer, an equipped kitchen and multiple twin beds/double futon beds. Depending on group size and availability, housing may be available at the Savannah NWR site with similar accommodations. Volunteers should bring their own linens (twin sized sheets or sleeping bag, pillow, and towel), cup/bowl/eating utensils, and personal items.

Travel

Airport Pickup provided from Savannah/Hilton Head International - Savannah GA

Location

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
694 Beech Hill Lane, Hardeevill, South Carolina 29927 United States

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