Mississppi - De Soto NF
Closed! Bring Out Your Dead: Cleanup of St. Paul Cemetery
March 6-10, 2023
Volunteers must commit to entire session
Are you the type of person who wants to help revitalize an historic cemetery, while listening to bad jokes told by the project leader? If so, we need your help! The St. Paul cemetery was used by area locals until 1972, when it began to be slowly abandoned en lieu of a newer cemetery closer to their church. After it was no longer in use, decades of bushes and small trees have taken over the original cemetery, obscuring the grave markers, and it's time to clean it up! During this PIT project, volunteers will help clear the brush from inside the boundaries of the cemetery, and will help clean the faces of grave markers to make them clearer to read. We hope to see you on the De Soto this spring!
Please note: all volunteers will be required to follow current, local COVID-19 guidelines to ensure their safety and that of site visitors and staff. This may include social-distancing, providing proof of qualifying vaccinations, and/or the wearing of masks. Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, this project and/or its sessions could be amended, postponed, or canceled. Selected volunteers are encouraged to remain in contact with project lead(s) to stay apprised of any changes.
Number of openings: 10
Special skills: Volunteers must be physically capable of repetitive bending and stooping for extended periods, working outside in the woods, and clipping and clearing undergrowth; volunteers must also be able to laugh and have fun; previous experience on the De Soto National Forest is helpful and desired, but is not required
Minimum age: 18 years old
Facilities: Developed RV, tent, and cabin camping/lodging available at Paul B. Johnson State Park and Flint Creek Water Park nearby; fees will apply; dispersed tent camping with very crude facilities and no amenities in nearby forest; Wiggins and Hattiesburg are full-service communities with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, food, water during work hours, and daily transportation to and from work site
Nearest towns: Brooklyn, 4 miles; Wiggins, 15 miles; Hattiesburg, 28 miles
Applications due: January 9, 2023