Mawat District Duke Forest Forestry Merit Badge Open Workshop Feb 2 thru Mar 23

So Much Concern

a message from Mawat District

This is a terrific opportunity to work on an environmental restoration project at Duke Forest.  Duke Forest is also interested in working with the scouts on a portion of the FORESTRY MERIT BADGE. This project also falls under the umbrella of the Messengers of Peace Project supported by BSA.

A Duke Forest representative will be presenting additional information at the Mawat District Roundtable on 17 January 2013 located at Glendale Heights UMC, 908 Leon Street, Durham. Meeting begins at 7:30pm.

The MINIMUM age requirement is 11 years old or in the 6th grade.

There is NO MAXIMUM age limitAdults are invited too!

To make this project successful, Duke Forest needs a minimum of 5 volunteer workers up to the maximum of 25 volunteer workers per shift.

This is a great opportunity for patrols or the entire troop!

Volunteer dates and times:

2 February, 9 February, 16 February, 23 February and

2 March, 9 March, 16 March, and 23 March

(Every Saturday in February and March 2013, excluding 30 March)

Select one or both of the two shifts each Saturday:

9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm

Please sign-up your scouts, patrol, and troops and crews with to take part in this project.

For the Forestry Merit Badge, Duke Forest will definitely have enough of a discussion for the scouts to readilyaccomplish these two requirements during a single 3-hour volunteer period: (If you would like assistance in completing the Forestry Merit Badge – arrangements may be able to be made with the staff at Duke Forest.)

4. Describe what forest management means, including the following:

a. Multiple-use management

b. Sustainable forest management

c. Even-aged and uneven-aged management and silvicultural systems associated with each type.

d. Intermediate cuttings.

e. The role of prescribed burning and related forest management practices.

5. With your parent’s and counselor’s approval, do ONE of the following:

a. Visit a managed public or private forest area with its manager or a forester familiar with it. Write a brief report describing the type of forest, the management objectives, and the forestry techniques used to achieve the objectives.

a message from Scoutmaster West: any Troop 505 Scout interested in volunteering for this project will have the opportunity to complete the remaining Forestry Merit Badge requirements with our Troop Merit Badge Counselor, Mrs. Cathy Parker, at to be announced upcoming Troop meetings.


Project overview:

The popular New Hope Creek hiking trail runs through a Significant Natural Heritage Area. These areas are recognized to have unique animals and diverse plant communities present. Unfortunately, the combination of heavy foot traffic, off-trail use, and a lack of proper signage has led to severe erosion and ecological disturbance in several areas within the New Hope Creek SNHA.  To address these issues, the Duke Forest will implement a trail rehabilitation and ecosystem restoration project along the south banks of the New Hope Creek trail system – a high priority area because of the unique Rhododendron Bluffs found here.

This trail restoration project will take place in the Korstian Division. The Forest has hired a company to design and construct a new trail system. However volunteers are needed to help with closing off the old trail, preventing off-trail use, and marking the new trail. Debris from the new trail will be recycled and used as a cover to disguise the old trail and other off-trail use areas.

What do you need to participate?

ALL Youth and Adults must have a signed Duke Forest waiver form (parent or legal guardiansignatures if under the age of 18) AND BSA permission slip

closed toe shoes – not optional

long pants

personal work gloves

bug repellent



jacket/weather appropriate clothing


personal water filled bottle-not optional

personal snack(s)

Duke Forest will provide: work gloves, necessary tools

Important things to note: There are no restroom facilities available. Carpooling to the Forest is STRONGLY encouraged as parking will be limited. Weather conditions may force the cancellation of a volunteer workday, however Duke Forest will give us as much notice as possible. Please be prepared for the weather conditions.

Tentative day of schedule: Volunteers will meet the Duke Forest staff at the Forest. Carpooling is STRONGLY encouraged. Volunteers will get an overview of the restoration project including ecological information. Staff will cover concepts such as erosion’s effect on plants, streams, animals, and people. The majority of volunteer work will be moving debris, trail marking, or some possible sign installation. We’ll take a break about halfway through the workday for questions and a chance for you to take a snack and water break.