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Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
March 18, 2018 - March 24, 2018
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.