Volunteers Sought To Work On Mark Twain National Forest Piney River Heritage Farm

Contact(s): Keri Hicks (573) 341-7442


ROLLA, Mo. -- Mark Twain National Forest is looking for eight volunteers to test and stabilize Piney Ridge Heritage Farm April 22-26, 2013.The farm is 9 miles from Roby or 27 miles from Houston, Missouri. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old; under 18 years with a responsible adult and must commit to working all five days. Application deadline is Monday, February 25, 2013 at http://www.passportintime.com.

Piney River Heritage Farm offers a rare glimpse of early farm life in Missouri's Ozark Mountains. The farm was established in the mid-19th century and was in operation until shortly before 1980, when the property was acquired by USDA Forest Service.

Working with Missouri Barn Alliance and Rural Network (MoBARN), volunteers will work with Mark Twain National Forest staff to work toward stabilizing several of the farm’s remaining structures. Volunteers will also be building and repairing fences, clearing vegetation and debris, and chipping in with whatever is required for the historic structures.

“Additionally, the historic site warrants further archaeological study, so in tandem with preservation efforts, we'll do systematic shovel testing of the property, and we'll create an accurate, scaled, and up-to-date site map,” said Mark Twain National Forest Heritage Program Manager Kerri Hicks. “This is an important project and one that promises to be fun and rewarding. We hope to see you on the Mark Twain this spring!”

Previous construction, carpentry, historic structure stabilization, archaeological survey, mapping, and/or sketching experience helpful, but not required.

Tent and RV camping available at no charge on site or at nearby Paddy Creek Recreation Area campground; vault toilets and solar shower, no potable water, no hookups. One additional RV pad available at no charge at nearby Roby Complex site; full hook-ups, first come, first served.

Licking and Houston are full-service communities with motels, restaurants, and a range of other amenities. Volunteers are responsible for personal camping equipment/lodging, meals, water, and transportation.

For more information, contact Keri Hicks at khicks@fs.fed.us or call 573-341-7442.

Mark Twain National Forest is the largest public land manager in Missouri with 1.5 million acres in 29 counties in southern and central Missouri. Mark Twain National Forest’s mission is to continue to restore Missouri’s great outdoors and maintain a healthy, working forest.