The mission of Friends of Etna Turpentine Camp is to preserve this Post Civil War naval store industry town that began in 1898 and lasted until 1926. Etna is on early maps and had a post office, commissary used also by local farmers, some 50 worker shanties, twin turpentine still, sink hole for water, and later a lumber mill serviced by a Shay locomotive. Etna was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009 because of its significance for further research into this early industrial settlement and social stucture. Most laborers were African American and worked under a debt peonage system. The lumber mill employed the use of the horrible practice of leased-convict labor. Oak trees now drape the many two laner roads that went into the surrounding long leaf pine forest. Etna is part of the Withlacoochee State Forest and is to be preserved in its management plan. FDOT however wants to put an extension of the Suncoast Parkway over Etna rather than avoid it. We are now in litigation with the USFWS over their permit for the toll road and have been funding legal fees out of pocket. Should we prevail we would like to finish the research on Etna and build an interpretative trail throughout the complex that explains the history of Etna, the naval store industry, and the strong roots that Etna has for understanding African American history in the South after the Civil War. The first phase of our fund raising is for legal fees. The recently released "10-Year Management Plan for the Withlacoochee State Forest" cites the listing of Etna as an "accomplishment" and the goal of preserving historic and archaeological sites throughout the forest. FDOT has never attempted to avoid Etna in any of the two studies required.