Volunteers on the forestOnly you can help the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests by volunteering!

To name a few of the things you could do—answer a phone, work on a trail, restore a damaged stream bank, take photographs, conduct campfire or classroom programs or host a campground. Or you could build or repair nesting boxes, picnic tables, campsites and docks and help make facilities and trails safe and barrier-free. Other things you can do to help conserve our valuable natural resources include joining a research program, attending public meetings and supporting community stewardship.

Francis Marion National Forest Awarded Regional Forester's Award for Volunteering!

Volunteer Application

The above PDF file is fillable and printable with the free Adobe Reader, but you will not be able to save your completed form unless you have Adobe Acrobat. For best results, use the tab key to move from field to field. Fill out this form; print it and mail it to the national forest where you want to serve.


Volunteer Opportunities on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests

Andrew Pickens Ranger District Volunteers Needed!

May 4-12, 2016

Have you ever dreamed about being a trail Sherpa? Well we have a great opportunity for you!

A highly skilled trail crew from the Southeast Conservation Corps (www.southeastconservationcorps.org/) is coming soon to do some much needed reconstruction of the steps on Yellow Branch Trail. They will working on the project from May 4th – May 12th, and again May 18th – May 26th.

Here's where you come in!
We need YOUR assistance in hauling in lumber to the site (about 1.25 mile hike in with the 6 X 6s). The more folks helping the quicker the materials get to the site and the crew can get to building the box steps. The crew will be helping with hauling lumber as well but the more the better!!!

Please contact Jennifer Barnhart at 864-638-4463 for more details.We can use folks on May 4th, May 5th, May 6th or May 7th, and if you can do more than one day--even better!

You will need boots covering your ankles, water, lunch, and a lifejacket (helps to pad your shoulder from the weight of the lumber). We can supply hard hats, gloves, and safety glasses but if you have ones you prefer to use please bring them.

Please check here often and also check our Facebook page for announcements!

To volunteer or suggest projects in South Carolina's national forests, write or call one of the Forest Service offices. The opportunities are endless! The only tasks in which a volunteer cannot participate are those related to law enforcement and firefighting. You can work alone or with your scout troop or other organization. You can work part-time or full-time, on a one-time project during one season or all year. The commitment is up to you.

The Forest Service provides training if your volunteer assignment requires it. College students may perform volunteer service for college credit. In some cases, the Forest Service thanks its volunteers by allowing them to pay reduced user fees.

Passport in Time

Passport in Time (PIT) is a volunteer program of the USDA Forest Service. PIT provides opportunities for the public to work with professional archaeologists and historians on national forests and grasslands across the country.

Check out a variety of volunteer projects and highlights on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests in the links below.


Eagle Scouts Improve I'on Swamp Interpretive Trail

Stas Watson, Troop 502, completes his Eagle Scout project by raising some trail and a footbridge on the I'On Swamp Interpretive Trail to protect wetlands and keep visitors feet dry.