FooTprint The Magazine of the Florida Trail Association
The Florida Trail Association develops, maintains, protects and promotes a network of hiking trails throughout the state, including the unique Florida National Scenic Trail. Together with our partners we provide opportunities for the public to hike, engage in outdoor recreation, participate in environmental education and contribute to meaningful volunteer work.
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CONTENTS SUMMER 2014
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President’s Message Trail Business FNST Volunteer Program Long Distance Hikers Committee FNST News from the North Volunteer Spotlight Winter in the Swamp Lake Butler Forest A Different Kind of Hike Apalachicola River Walk New Girl’s Thank You FTA Annual Conference Chapters on the Go Local Chapter Contacts New Members Donor Thank You
Photo Credits Front cover Megan Donoghue F-Troop Spring Creek Facing Page Paul Cummings Jonathan Dickinson This page Debra Lawrence J.W. Corbett WMA Back Cover Deb Blick Rainbow River
President’s Message Carlos Schomaker FTA President
Here’s a suggestion: You should get out more. Is this you? Your work as a volunteer or professional, ensuring the success of a decades-long project as vast and complicated as the Florida Trail, can sometimes feel exhausting or pointless. Honoring the spirit and intent of the term National Scenic Trail requires focus and commitment, but also patience and a long-view perspective. It doesn’t matter whether you’re running a trail crew or meeting, herding school groups or Meetup hikers, filling out paperwork, managing landowner agreements, writing grant proposals, or doing any of a million other thankless tasks -- sometimes it feels like work. Locally or statewide, whatever your charge, it’s possible to get too narrowly focused, habitual, jaded, or just burned out. When this happens to you (and it will happen, in one form or another, to all of us), you should stop---and get out more. Ah, yes, you say, I should get out more! That’s the ticket. Dropping everything and heading outdoors to feel the breezes and warm sunshine certainly has a restorative value. Fresh air and exercise are just what the doctor ordered. Soon you’ll gain a new perspective on all your labors, and feel re-energized and… Wait. This is all true, of course, and highly recommended. There is also, however, a different way to “get out more”, one that has as much value to the hard-working trail advocate. This kind of “getting out” involves broadening your exposure to people or things that you might normally ignore or avoid. It requires a commitment to learn and to experience the new. At the risk of sounding insensitive, this suggestion that “You should get out more” is sometimes preceded by the phrase, “Crawl out from under your rock”… You should get out more, but not just with a backpack and boots, and not just to escape the daily grind. You should also often get out more to interact with those who will challenge your beliefs, shake up your habits, This proactive step of “getting out and stretch your mind. You should get out more so more” is critical to the success of the you can legitimately “think globally and act locally”. Florida Trail Association and all our You should get out more to stretch your mental frame partners and friends. It allows for of reference, so that your ideas about what’s possible synergy of effort, prevents stagnation, become less provincial and ingrained. We all should and can be very fun and vitalizing. get out more to push past our comfort levels. Stuck in a rut? Need advice or a new idea? Do you wonder where your work fits into the bigger picture? You should get out more. “Getting out more” could involve members from one Florida Trail Association chapter attending another chapter’s monthly meeting, just to check out how they do things. “Getting out more” could mean meeting and working with a local group of the Ice Age Trail Association when you’re visiting relatives in Wisconsin. It could involve hanging out at outreach events of other types of charity or church groups, observing how they work. When professional and volunteer leaders from the various National Scenic and Historic Trail organizations meet with their government agency counterparts at a symposium, they are certainly “getting out more”, swapping ideas and energy. The same thing happens when a trail administrator spends a few days working with a more experienced colleague, clear across the other side of the country. New experiences bring new insights.
This proactive step of “getting out more” is critical to the success of the Florida Trail Association and all our partners and friends. It widens the field of vision of everyone involved. It changes and improves them. It helps people connect with others who may have different perspectives. It allows for synergy of effort, prevents stagnation, and can be very fun and vitalizing. Admittedly, this type of “getting out more” is easier for those who are naturally more extroverted, young at heart, and already in the habit of making new friends. But that’s not an excuse to ignore this advice. Frankly, those who find the idea terrifying or distasteful often need to “get out more” more than others. So do it. Get out more. Try something new and different. Reach out to others. Don’t be shy. The Florida Trail Association and the entire trails community could use whatever new ideas you discover and implement. And so, of course, could you.
Many thanks to: Black Creek Outfitters Osprey Packs On the Fly Sandwiches and Stuff Green Room Brewing for supporting FTA’s successful PINT NIGHT fund raising event in Jacksonville.
The Trail BUSINESS TOM DANIEL V.P. TRAILS
Trail Skills and the Orange Blaze The Orange Blaze is the most visible symbol of the Florida Trail. It’s the warm fuzzy that reassures trail users they are on the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST). The blaze is the trail’s trademark. We want everyone, but especially Floridians to associate the Orange Blaze with the Florida Trail. Businesses are very protective of trademarks and we shouöd be, too. Painted blazes aren’t unique to the FNST, but the Orange Blaze has been our trademark for 40+ years. Discussions of changing it can become emotional and somewhat combative. Signage is important, but the orange blaze is what a trail user sees a million times from Big Cypress to Fort Pickens. Those that have hiked on the Appalachian Trail quickly realized that all those white blazes look identical. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy places a high value on this standardized symbol because it is their trademark and their brand. Blazers are respected and being a little obsessivecompulsive is seen as a positive trait. The identical white blazes from Springer to Katahdin are not only expected but somewhat legendary.
UP TO STANDARD --- VALUED
There are still places on the FT where the Orange Blaze seems disrespected and/or undervalued. This undervaluing is often systemic in the crew leaders who mistakenly associate blazing with being a no-brainer task (anybody can do it). True, anyone can do it, with proper training, but it is best assigned to those that understand the importance of blazing for trail users. The task of selecting visible blaze locations, frequency of blazes, the standards for turns and other techniques are not intuitive.
When applied with standardized consistency, blazes should not reach a high level of hiker awareness. Similar to staying between the white lines on a roadway, they are just there, as a guide, until an anomaly is encountered. Users should be focused on enjoying their surroundings, not on blazes. No trail maintenance task is more important than blazing! The lack of proper blazing consistently causes more complaints than any other trail maintenance task. The complexity of the task is best illustrated in the FTA booklet: Basic Trail Maintenance The Florida Trail Association “How to” Guide for New Trail Maintainers.
BELOW STANDARD - UNDERVALUED
Do not undervalue the Orange Blaze! It is your TRAILS trademark.
FNST Trail Skills Training: October 11-12, 2014 / trail volunteers, save the date! FNST Gap Closing Alternatives: At the January FNST Coalition Meeting, the Florida Greenway and Trails Foundation (Dale Allen) was tasked with assisting in the development of (gap closing) alternatives, to include multi-use trail alternatives alongside major roadways. Significant gaps along State Road 20 and U.S. Hwy. 90 could feasibly be closed with State of Florida support. Potentially by developing a parallel trail corridor, and/or a federal acquisition of a parallel wooded corridor where existing public land alternatives do not exist. The Foundation is tasked with developing alternatives and gauging relative partner support of both private and public land managers across the state, but not to make a decision, or circumvent the completion of an FNST Optimal Location Review. Ther4e was a findings presentation by Dale Allen at the June 9, 2014 FNST Coalition Meeting in Tallahassee. Mr. Allen also discussed the Deseret Ranch gap. This was a public meeting and several FTA members attended. FNST Standards / Board Motions adopted: Feb. 24, 2014 - The Florida Trail Association formally adopts the FNST Trail Class Matrix and Design Parameters, dated 04/11/12 as the trail standards for the Florida National Scenic Trail and other trails within the Florida Trail System. Link: FNST - Trail Class Matrix and Design Parameters. April 14, 2014 - The Florida Trail Association formally adopts the Orange as the official blaze color for the continuous thru route of the Florida Trail aka Florida National Scenic Trail. Seeing an orange blaze in Florida is synonymous with the Florida Trail.
FNST VOLUNTEER PROGRAM MEGAN DONOGHUE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Time off the trail can lead to a great season on the trail This past trail season is now complete with great trail work, incredible volunteers, new partners, and a few significant updates to our Trail Operations Program. None of this would have been possible without a little time spent off the trail. First, let’s highlight the accomplishments of the 2013/2014 trail season: - A new volunteer hours reporting system that tracks chapter and individual accomplishments - The start of published chapter-led projects on the Florida Trail, which were hosted by the Panhandle, Choctawhatchee, North Florida Trail Blazers, Florida Crackers, and Halifax St. Johns Chapters - Our first Trail Skills Training, where we introduced new program packets and hands-on training - Hosted Wilderness First Aid, CPR and Chainsaw courses - Hired our first regional representative for the North Florida region, enabling us to focus on trail protection and volunteer growth in the area - Brought new volunteer youth groups on the trail, including: University of Florida (UF)-Alternative Spring Break, Eckerd College – Alternative Breaks, Louisiana State University – Engineers Without Borders, University of Central Florida – Outdoor Adventure, UF – TRiP, UF – Tropical Conservation and Development, UF – Conservation Eco-Tourism class, and many more! We plan to continue to grow and focus on what’s important; the Florida Trail and our VOLUNTEERS! So as springs fades to summer, and peak trail season winds down, make sure to take time to prepare and plan for an awesome 2014/2015 trail season. How to Prepare:
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln
AS A VOLUNTEER: - Make mini goals for yourself! Is there a section of trail you really want to check out? Contact the local chapter and see if you can join them for a volunteer project. - Clear your calendar and join us for a Volunteer Work Party! We will be posting our 2014/2015 projects on our website throughout the summer. Volunteer Work Parties are a great way to meet new people, get outside and contribute to meaningful volunteer work! - Don’t be afraid to ask questions! If you’ve never been on a volunteer project and have a question about how you can help, please feel free to contact FTA staff or your local chapter! AS A CHAPTER: - Set goals for what you hope to accomplish in the next season. - Work with your local land manager to find out what portions of your trail need attention. - Identify hunting seasons and other possible complications. - Identify your crew leaders, location details, dates and capacity. - Submit your Project Proposals to post your event on the Florida Trail website.
LONG Distance ramblings WAYNE “KRISPYKRITTER” PETROVICH LDH COMMITTEE CHAIR
Greetings outdoor enthusiasts! When I re-read this greeting, it reminded me of an alien greeting to earthlings in a sci-fi movie. Yet, isn’t that what most of us feel like when we go for a hike, aliens from the civilized world visiting another world, the world of nature? I hope to change that concept, so that you become a part of Nature and not just a visitor. A previous Long Distance Hikers Committee Chair, Randy “Chuck Norris” Anderson, was a great ambassador for the Florida Trail Association. He and his wife Luanne “Tigger” spent countless hours throughout the year walking, talking and promoting the FNST. Through their efforts, many frozen and snow-bound long distance hikers headed south to Florida and the FNST, with the opportunity to continue what long distance hikers love to do – hike! Chuck’s experience as a long distance hiker, a committee chair and a friend to the hiking community, will be a valuable asset to the committee as a member. Wherever the trail leads for “Chuck” and “Tigger” I personally, and as part of the Florida Trail Association, wish them - Happy Trails. As the new committee chair, I believe the Long Distance Hikers Committee should follow in the footsteps of the FTA in their transition and reevaluate the intent and purpose of the committee. From what I gathered from board members of the FTA, the Long Distance Hikers Committee (LDHC) was established to assist the hikers and backpackers who use the Florida National Scenic Trail and other trails created by many of the wonderful FTA chapters. However, there were no specifics on how to meet this goal. Everything was basically left up to each new chair to decide the direction of the committee. That will change. I am retired from the fire service where organization was a key to survival. There was an order in the way things were accomplished. Everyone knew what each job entailed and how to perform that job to minimize the dangers of firefighting. I successfully applied that concept to my everyday life. Even though the hazards of firefighting will not be felt by the committee, I feel there should be some structured accountability as to “What and Who is the Long Distance Hiker Committee”. The WHAT I have written a mission statement so the FTA and the LDHC will have a direction and know the intended purpose for the committee. I wrote this statement as a beginning until the committee forms and fine-tunes the wording. It reads: To assist the Florida Trail Association in coordinating trail information to the hiking community and to return information and needs of the hiking community back to the FTA. The Long Distance Hiking Committee, along with information gathering, will assist Long Distance Hikers who are contemplating a section or thru-hiking the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) or who are already on the trail. THE WHO There has never been an exact number of committee members. I approached Tom Daniel, FTA Vice President of Trails and told him I would like a committee of 15 long distance hikers and one board member. He agreed, and I am now looking for volunteers from the long distance hiking community of the FTA to join me. So far 5 members have come forward. It would be nice to have representatives from all sections of the FNST. I would also ask from the USDA Forest Service for one volunteer to be on the committee. If you are interested, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . One final note. As a member of the FTA, and a member of the hiking community, I want to thank the endless work the trail maintainers perform on the FNST and other trails in Florida. Without your efforts, Long Distance Hikers would not have a trail (FNST) and the other FTA trails that travel through some of the most beautiful and remote sections in Florida. As the newly appointed chair of the LDHC, I want to thank the board for giving me the opportunity to be the voice of long distance hikers on the FNST. Enjoy the trails of Nature!
FNST NEWS FROM THE NORTH JEFF GLENN NORTH REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
It has been a very busy season in north Florida, full of trainings, volunteer work, and of course lots of rain. The trail has been flooded in many places for several weeks this season putting a damper on maintenance and also restrictions on hikers. Coming into the official wet season soon, the hope is that the trail will remain dry enough for those brave summer hikers. The water is welcome, especially in the Keystone area where the lakes are showing signs of progress, but vegetation growth this summer is predicted to be vigorous. Maintenance will have to start early in the fall to open the trails up in time for next hiking season. Here are a couple highlights of this past season: Alternative Spring Break The Ocala National Forest was home to a 10-member, allfemale crew from Eckerd College in March. This Alternative Spring Break Crew hosted by the FTA was a huge success thanks to the hard work and good cheer of the entire crew. Over the course of 6 work days, more than 2 miles of new trail in the area around the Clearwater Lake Recreation area in the Ocala National Forest were constructed, the same amount of trail decommissioned, and some general trail maintenance was performed on the FNST in the southern Ocala. These re-routes were part of a larger trail management plan on the Ocala to improve the scenic quality of the trail and to route the trail through parking areas and trailheads. For most of the young women this was their first time doing any kind of work like this, but they all took to it quickly and with a passion! The weather was excellent for the majority of the project and time after work was spent swimming in Clearwater Lake and relaxing around the campfire. The students also spent some time exploring nearby springs on their day off from trail work. This trip was organized by a student trip leader who hand-selected the girls from a long list of applicants interested in participating. They were chosen because of their dedication to the environment and passion for service work. Instead of choosing trips abroad that offered nothing but fun and relaxation, these ladies came out to sweat and get their hands dirty on our trail! These are our future FTA members and as an organization we strive to promote events just like this one.
Historic White Springs The historic and scenic town of White Springs, the first and foremost Gateway Community along the Florida National Scenic Trail can now boast that the trail travels right down the historic main street. In a partnership with the town, FTA, USDA Forest Service, the Suwannee River Water Management District, and other local groups, the relocation of the trail into town helps build White Springsâ€™ reputation as an eco-tourism hotspot, which it most definitely is! Located right near the junction of I-75 and I-10, right on the Suwannee River, White Springs is home base for an array of outdoor sports like hiking, cycling, and paddling. In addition to walking right down the main street, hikers will also enjoy several new additional miles along the Suwannee by joining up with what is also known as the Bridge to Bridge trail. This section of trail is a multi-use trail and is open to mountain biking as well. All safety concerns related to shared usage have been examined and mitigated and this section of trail will serve as a prime example of how different recreational groups can work together to form strong partnerships and build great trails. By joining forces with the well-organized and very popular Suwannee Bicycle Association, the local FTA chapter increased its volunteer capacity in the area, which in turn will hopefully attract new members to our organization. From Stephen Foster State Park the trail now leads directly past the original Sulfur Spring House and east onto US 41. At Adams Memorial Drive the trail turns south to the White Springs Tract owned and managed by the Suwannee River Water Management District, where it joins the Bridge to Bridge Trail. The trail emerges on the east side of White Springs at the Suwannee River Wayside Park Trailhead on US 41 which will soon house new FNST/ FTA kiosks. In addition to these upgrades, the trail in the area will also receive new kiosks at Bell Springs, Big Shoals, Little Shoals, and at the Nature & Heritage Tourism Center in town. These are great changes to the trail in the north region that will hopefully bring about very positive feedback for the FTA and the trail. Map at right shows old trail route in orange (dark) and new trail route in yellow (light). For more map detail in full color see the on-line version of The Footprint at http://issuu.com/ then do a search for FOOTPRINT
winter in the swamp SCA on Big Cypress National Preserve By Kevin Kaiser and Trevor Williams
From February through the end of April we’ve had the great opportunity to intern at Big Cypress National Preserve as Student Conservation Association interns. While in south Florida our main focus was to complete a detailed trail assessment of the Florida National Scenic Trail and the associated side trails in Big Cypress, the southern terminus of the FNST. While in the area we had the opportunity to work on several other projects as well. In the past we’ve both worked and interned for the National Park Service and USDA Forest Service during the summer season and we were glad to continue our trail experience into the winter months. It’s been great to travel to a different part of the country and see how trails are managed and maintained in sub-tropical south Florida, a place very different than we have typically worked. Considering the harsh winter that everyone experienced up north, it wasn’t a bad winter to spend in Florida. When we first arived, we thought hiking would be easy in Florida because it’s flat and the temperature never gets that cold. Yes, the topography is flat and yes the climate has been enjoyable, but hiking through knee-deep water is probably the most challenging and slowest hiking we’ve ever done. Hiking slowly in the Preserve is preferred however, so we can pay more attention to detail when we collect our data and watch out for venomous snakes (we’ve seen over 40). It has been a great joy for us to watch water level drop as our season went on. In some areas of the trail, the water when we started was almost waist deep, and now it is the flat, dry, easy trail that we envisioned before we came down. One highlight of our time down here was volunteering a week of our time with the F-Troop in the end of January and beginning of February. We had a lot of volunteers and were able to clear several miles of trail, which badly needed it. We worked with strangers from all different backgrounds but were united by our mutual love of the outdoors. Hiking through a new area is always a great experience, but hiking through an area before and after you’ve maintained and “improved” it adds a new level of reward to the experience. Our backcountry crew was a little spoiled too; we got to ride in on swamp buggies and all our gear was packed in for us. As a result it was probably the best I’ve ever eaten while working on a trail crew. Other highlights include hiking over 250 miles, spending 10 nights in the backcountry, and seeing several barred owls.
Our time here went by very quickly, but the memories weâ€™ve made and skills weâ€™ve learned will stay with us for a long time. It has been a great experience with great people and we hope to be back in the future to give back even more to the Florida Trail. The detailed assessment that Kevin and Trevor worked on related to the hiking trails in Big Cypress National Preserve will be finalized and shared with the USFS and FTA within a few months.
Kevin Kaiser Kevin is from Ohio and recently graduated from Ohio State University with a natural resources degree. He has worked a few seasons for the Park Service and Forest Service in Oregon, California, and Yellowstone. He has also volunteered on other National Scenic Trails- the AT and the PCT- and is glad to add another one to the list. When not working (and while working) Kevin enjoys photographing the natural world. Trevor Williams Trevor hails from the wet and cooler corner of the Pacific Northwest. An avid year-round outdoor enthusiast at heart, Trevor exited the finance world in 2011 and has been volunteering his summers in the backcountry of Olympic National Park patrolling and maintaining trails. He has also volunteered his time working on trails in the Washington Cascades with the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) and the local Washington Trails Association (WTA).
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT - Shining a Light on FTA Volunteers Robin Luger Trail Coordinator, Florida Crackers Chapter FTA: How and when did you get involved with the Florida Trail Association (FTA)? RL: I lived in Gainesville in the mid-90s and learned about the FTA hikes, probably through newspaper announcements. Elizabeth Van Mierop led or attended most of these hikes and she made people feel so welcome. Then, I started going on a few work hikes with Ed Wolcott. After moving to White Springs to a house about a 10 minute walk to the Florida Trail, I became much more active. I became an activity leader and a regular trail maintainer. Like many Florida Trail members living in very small communities close to the trail, I didn’t have the luxury of NOT working on the trail - so much trail, so few FTA members nearby. Soon, I became the Trail Master of the beautiful Stephen Foster State Park and Swift Creek Tract. FTA: What made you decide to take a volunteer leadership position? RL: Ed Wolcott had been the trail coordinator for the Cracker Chapter (and section leader for the Suwannee area) for many years and wanted to retire at the beginning of the 2013/14 season. Those of us who’d been working with Ed loved our section of trail and were very happy working together, so we each took on part of his responsibilities and, thank goodness, Ed stayed on as our advisor and maintenance and chain saw expert. Being retired, I became the trail coordinator, Jerry Wald became the section leader of the Suwannee section, and Mike Gianikas got certified for chain saw work. FTA: As a FTA Trail Coordinator for the Florida Cracker Chapter, what do you do? RL: This first year has been a hectic one of learning the job-with much help from our wonderful VP of Bert and Robin Luger Trails, Tom Daniel. The Crackers have three separate sections of trail to maintain, over a distance of about 100 driving miles - part of the Suwannee River trail, the Lake Butler Forest trail, and the Florida Greenway. Among my responsibilities, I enter the hours for our work crews, fill out the necessary forms, order and distribute supplies, help maintain equipment, go to meetings with land managers, help recruit new volunteers, send and respond to emails, and every so often, I get to go out and WORK ON THE TRAIL!! Also, I’m helping Tom create a very precise description of where each chapter’s section begins and ends - blaze to blaze - a fun project for getting to know other parts of the trail throughout the state. The trail volunteers for our chapter’s Suwannee and Lake Butler sections recently had our first annual planning meeting. We set up a work hike schedule for the entire year, based on hunt dates, holidays, and weather. Now each year we’ll just have to update it. We also broke the trail up into “a day’s work” segments. We plan to start in the south and work our way north systematically. We created a list of special projects and of groups each person will contact for potential volunteers. As a trail coordinator, I work closely with North Regional Representative Jeff Glenn, who takes care of equip-
ment ordering, rerouting, group events, trail structure problems, and communicating with the USDA Forest Service (USFS). I think it’s been very beneficial to the trail to have someone who connects on-the-ground volunteers with other agencies and resources. He arranged for a reroute through the town of White Springs so that the trail is more visible to people in town for other events. White Springs is a big hiking, biking, kayaking community so the reroute is great publicity for the trail. Jeff also organized several fun and productive multichapter work hikes in our region. FTA: What has been your favorite volunteer project/event to date? RL: An absolute highlight was spending a couple days observing Ian Barlow and his crew remove some damaged bridges on the Suwannee trail. Better than any adventure show you’ve ever seen! One bridge was made of a thousand pounds of steel (two 40 foot steel I-beams) 30 ft. above the water. Ian’s crew pulled it across the creek with nylon rope and a couple of pulleys! The crew is contracted by the USFS through Framing Our Community (FOC), an Idaho-based non-profit. They specialize in technical trail skills and focus on larger-scale trail projects. They work mainly in western states constructing trails, bridges, shelters, etc., in Wilderness areas with few or no power tools. Aside from just being so darn mechanically impressive, they work so well as a team, showing great respect for each other through long, grueling days. And they live wherever they’re working, often in tents, often in primitive conditions. (Myself, I’d get preeeetttttty grouchy!) FTA: Where is the neatest place you’ve ever hiked? RL: Don’t we always think we haven’t seen it yet? That’s why we keep walking. Also, I’m glad to just walk along a familiar trail and notice a new plant or animal or geological formation. I grew up in the Texas Panhandle - brown, dry, flat, all the prairie grass plowed up and blown away. So just let me walk ANYWHERE that’s wet and green and I’m happy. Occasionally, our family would go to Ruidoso, New Mexico and walk on trails among the exquisitely scented Ponderosa pines. Then there was that sunrise in Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon, walking down the trail through the dew covered, sunbeam-streaked cobwebs. FTA: What’s your favorite section of the Florida Trail and why? RL: RIGHT HERE!!!!! Many through-hikers say that the trail along the Suwannee River is the prettiest in the state. I hope we can protect this area forever - the limestone bluffs, the creeks flowing into the river, the huge live oaks. FTA: If you could have one item while hiking, what would it be and why? RL: Well, I hate to call him an item, but my trail dog Bert! We’re a team and he takes his responsibilities seriously-keeping his hikers together and checking for monsters on the trail. FTA: What is the best part about volunteering on the Florida Trail? RL: I was lucky to hike in Blackwater River State Forest and the Ocala National Forest this past year, enjoying other volunteers’ hard work! Knowing that there are hundreds of us out there, throughout the state, working on the trail is the best part of volunteering-we’re not in it alone. FTA: If you could give advice for someone interested in volunteering on the Florida Trail, what would it be? RL: The Florida Trail Association needs such a wide variety of skills in volunteers, so no matter what someone is good at and how much or little time they have, they’ll find a niche. Most trail maintenance work is very low tech, so people don’t have to be mechanical geniuses to be of great help. Most hours are spent just lopping and throwing fallen limbs off the trail. Throughout the lifetime of all us volunteers, we’ll vary in the amount of time and energy we have, so we always want to keep the door open for past volunteers to get more active when they have more time. So much knowledge of what we do in the organization and on the trail must be passed on to younger generations-new and old volunteers must consciously and deliberately make sure this process takes place, so if you’re new-ask questions, be nosy!
Lake Butler Forest --- An Editorial The USDA Forest Service, administrator of the Florida National Scenic Trail, is currently involved in a land exchange involving Plum Creek Timberlands LLC and Columbia County. Plum Creek is the owner of Lake Butler Forest, the 180,000+ acre commercial forest located between the towns of Lake Butler and Olustee. Currently the FNST traverses roughly 18 miles of trail across this private property. It has historically been difficult to maintain and to walk due to the active forestry practices and it is only by the generosity of Plum Creek that the trail is allowed to exist on their land. Plum Creek and Columbia County are interested in acquiring a 6 acre parcel of land located within the Osceola National Forest to build a railroad spur which would connect to a 500 acre inland port, touted as a large scale plan to build economic development in North Florida. This is part of a larger 2,622 acre development project on Plum Creek land. The rail spur is a critical component in providing access to the development site. In exchange Plum Creek is offering a permanently protected 10 foot wide access-only easement for the FNST through their land in the Lake Butler Forest. The easement comes in two parts: first, an equal exchange for the 6 acres it seeks from the USFS which equates to approximately 5 miles of 10 foot wide trail. The remaining trail comes as a donation from Plum Creek to the USFS to allow a continuous footpath for the FNST. Plum Creek and the USFS agreed that the optimal route for the new trail would be located along the western property boundary of the forest. The Florida Trail Association has met with representatives from the USFS and Plum Creek Timber and raised the following concerns: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
The current easement language protects access only - there is no resource protection afforded for the trail. This means that if the land is sold and becomes a housing development, the trail could be located on a sidewalk. The majority of the easement is located on a 2 track timber road; small sections are in the woods and run alongside the road ditch for anywhere from 100 feet to 100+yards. The easement jogs abruptly into the woods and back onto the road many times, often within sight of the user. The easement is 10 feet wide and does not afford resource protection to the FNST. Trail access connecting to the southern end of the easement is currently nonexistent. In order to access the trail, users would need to hike along a busy road (Hwy 100) for approximately 7 miles. Trail access connecting to the northern end of the easement is currently nonexistent. In order to get back to Olustee Battlefield from the proposed easement, trail users would need to hike along a very busy highway (US 90) for approximately 6 miles. The resulting net loss in woodland trail and the net gain in road walk along Hwy 100 and US 90 present serious safety concerns for thru-hikers, section hikers, and the volunteers that maintain the Florida National Scenic Trail.
The Florida Trail Association, as the main advocate organization for the FNST, feels that there must be a better solution than what is being proposed. If no other options are selected we believe the following will most likely happen: 1. 2. 3.
Thru-hikers are not likely use the proposed easement. They may instead choose to walk north on CR 231 or find an alternate route to connect to the Osceola NF. Day hikers and section hikers are not likely use this easement. If thru-hikers do use the proposed easement they will use the Plum Creek forest roads the entire way
instead of hiking the sections of trail in the woods The short sections of trail in the woods would be extremely difficult to maintain. FTA has serious questions about even trying to maintain sections of this easement that are in the woods, as the majority of the public would not hike this route. In the north Florida region there are many areas in need of important regular maintenance and we believe staff and volunteer efforts may be better spent elsewhere.
The FTA recommends that the following actions take place to protect the FNST: 1. 2. 3. 4.
The USDA Forest Service should complete an Optimal Location Review alongside its partners before acquiring this easement. Viable options should be identified for connecting this easement to existing trail to the north and south. Alternative routing options through the Lake Butler Forest should be developed which would be more in keeping with the spirit and intent of a National Scenic Trail. The language of the easement should be modified to afford the trail more than a 10 foot corridor and to protect surrounding resources.
A second round of public comments is anticipated. Stay tuned for information on how you can participate regarding this issue.
GLEN ST. MARY
U.S. FOREST SERVICE OSCEOLA NATIONAL FOREST
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a different kind of hike by Karen Miller
A few months ago I was making plans to hike around Lake Okeechobee and decided to ask my friend Roger to come along. He hadn’t gone backpacking in several years but he was eager to get back into it. So we made our plans, packed our packs, and headed down to the lake that boasts the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the state of Florida. Imagine my surprise when we found out that the southern section of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail was closed because the Corps of Engineers was working on the dike. And imagine how I felt when Roger informed me that perhaps he had changed his mind about backpacking. He was okay with slack-packing (that is, hiking without a backpack) and staying at a campground, but wasn’t feeling up to an entire backpacking trip. At first I thought the whole trip was going to be a bust, but with a little compromising, the two of us worked out a plan. We had two weeks to hike, and knew that we wanted to do the 110 miles - after all, we had taken two weeks off to do our hike and certainly didn’t want to go home early. We didn’t have any trail angels to drop us off or pick us up (which is what most slack-packers do) so we came up with an idea for a different kind of hike. We would find a campsite to stay in at night, and during the day we would drive the car to a trail head, hike on the trail for about five or six miles, then turn around and hike back to our car.
Seemed crazy at first – usually I don’t like to re-hike a trail I’ve already hiked, because if you’re a section hiker, your time on the trail is limited. But then I thought, why not? I was there to hike, to put in my 110 miles. So when we arrived at Lake Okeechobee, we found a primitive campsite called Indian Prairie, and set up our tents. It was a cold and rainy week - that next morning when we started the hike it was only 40 degrees and the wind was blowing like crazy. But we bundled up, donned our rain suits, and set out to hike our first twelve miles. Because the campsite was directly on the trail, we started from that point and hiked southwest – six miles in, and six miles back. The next day, we started at the campsite and went the other way, six miles in, and six miles back. On the third day we drove our car to Buckhead Ridge and hiked another section the same way. We continued this way for five days until a hot shower called my name and that’s when we broke camp and stayed at Aruba Motel and RV Park in Lakeport for two days.
I work as a freelance writer, and because I received an email to do some short assignments, I took a couple of days off to write, while Roger spent his time reading newspapers and chatting with the folks from the motel. We were making good progress with our hiking, and two days didn’t make much difference. After that, I finally convinced Roger to hike a long stretch and take our backpacks so we could camp overnight. The Aruba Motel hosts gave us a ride to Moore Haven, and then we hiked back to the park, where we picked up our car and headed back to Indian Prairie.
For two weeks we hiked our “in and out” method, and before you knew it, we had hiked our 110 miles on the northern section of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. During that time we experienced every kind of Florida weather imaginable – cold, rain, wind, sun, and heat. We saw varieties of birds, plus wild hogs, deer, alligators, snakes, and turtles. We met some interesting people along the way, including the kindly lock keepers, who gave us advice on other things to see while we were camping at the lake. We visited flea markets and thrift shops, hung out on the local fishing pier, and even ate an Okee Burger. And every day we witnessed the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets ever. Maybe our hike wasn’t what we expected, but maybe that made it better. After all, a different kind of hike is better than no hike at all. Karen Miller is a travel, lifestyle, and food writer living on Amelia Island. Her book, Succotash Dreams…and Other Fond Food Memories, is available at www.amazon.com.
The Apalachicola River Walk
by Doug Alderson, Assistant Bureau Chief at Florida Office of Greenways and Trails While kayaking the Apalachicola River last fall, I began pondering a long hike parallel to the river. After all, the river—and its associated bluffs and ravines—is one of the country’s six biological hotspots, according to the Nature Conservancy, and more of that diversity can be seen on land than from the water. In researching the matter, I determined that private land and wide sloughs were obstacles to a long distance trip, but that a 20-plus mile continuous hike was possible. So, after gaining the cooperation of Torreya State Park manager Steve Cutshaw and North Florida Nature Conservancy Conservation Director David Prentiss, almost a dozen hikers embarked on the first Apalachicola River Walk in early March. We started at the north end of Torreya Park’s Aspalaga Unit, acquired a few years ago with Florida Forever funds. Hiking trails are planned for the unit, but none currently exist, so the first three miles were done “cross country” following a pre-determined GPS reading. Like all of Torreya Park, the terrain included steep climbs to high bluffs that provided panoramic views, and descents into narrow ravines that boasted rare plants such as the torreya tree, found nowhere else in the world. A highlight was Means Creek, a “slot canyon”. The stream has carved a narrow and deep channel into the limestone. There was even a small cave to explore along a side creek. Hiking the Torreya Challenge Trail
We had to do a three mile road walk to connect to the next park unit since a small gap of private land separates the two. We were hopeful that the quarter mile gap could someday be bridged. We met up with the Torreya Challenge Trail—established with assistance from Florida Trail Association volunteers—and hiked several more miles to our group campsite on a clearly marked trail. The terrain was reminiscent of North Georgia and I felt as though I had just hiked ten miles on the Appalachian Trail. The next morning, David Prentiss led us on a cross-country adventure from Torreya Park to Alum Bluff, more than ten miles. David, along with accompanying botanist Annie Schmidt, provided a wealth of information along the route and we felt as though
David Prentiss in longleaf restoration area
we were experiencing a three-month terrestrial ecology course in one day. Highlights included finding three torreya trees not previously known, smelling the aromatic wood of a downed torreya from decades before, walking through a hillside covered with rare Florida yew trees, and learning about the Conservancy’s incredible restoration efforts in the upland areas. Torreya trees in the region are currently struck down by a fungal canker before reaching maturity, but scientists have recently identified the specific disease that causes the cankers, so that is the first step in finding a cure. While the ravines and adjoining floodplain forest had a rich, rainforest-like appearance, with huge hardwoods and dark green fans of needle palms, the uplands had their own special character and intrigue. After years of trial and error, Conservancy staff can take a thickly planted sand pine plantation (designed for pulp production) and convert it to a viable longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem capable of frequent prescribed burning in 40 months. Hiker on Alum Bluff The native ecosystem is returning a few hundred acres a year, and vast areas are now resembling prairies of wiregrass with young longleaf pines shooting skyward. David and his staff are assisting Torreya Park staff in restoring the park’s upland Sweetwater Unit tract in the same manner. If wiregrass is burned during the growing season—usually late May and June—viable seeds can usually be harvested in the fall and used to reseed a new area. We ended our hike on Alum Bluff, which affords the most specular view of the Apalachicola River valley. A Conservancy staff member picked us up and drove us back to our group campsite. Normally, only the Conservancy’s 3.6 mile Garden of Eden Trail is open for public use, so we felt fortunate to have access to other Conservancy lands.
Cross-country hiking on TNC property
On Day Three, Dr. Todd Engstrom led us on a walk of a vast floodplain forest below Bristol that is managed by the Northwest Florida Water Management District. His original goal was to lead us to a place called Greenback Lake where he believes he had found patches of forest that had never been cut, but high water prevented access. We still enjoyed exploring the drier floodplain reaches and vowed to return again in the fall when water levels are generally lower. Todd had explored the area several years ago as part of a scientific search for any signs of ivory-billed woodpeckers, but nothing was found and Todd believes the birds are likely extinct.
The Apalachicola River Walk - Continued “I learned so much…from how restored uplands and floodplains SHOULD look like to how to fix fine cuisine in the woods from George and Roxanne [two other participants],” concluded participant Jill Lingard. “It was also kinda’ fun (and humbling) to have a Florida hike challenge me physically with all the ups and downs.” Hiker Su Ecenia added, “I felt very honored to be part of such a small group that had the opportunity to learn so much in such a compacted period of time; my eyes have been opened and I have seen the light!” Most of the hikers had previously paddled the entire Apalachicola River as part of annual fundraisers for the Apalachicola Riverkeeper. After the walk, some were moved to make donations to the Friends of Torreya State Park and the Nature Conservancy.
Hiker near big cypress log
On a broader picture, our hikes over three days covered only a small part of protected lands in the Apalachicola Basin. To help ensure protection of this unique basin, the state of Florida has purchased more than 300,000 acres over the past quarter century. Add in the holdings of the Nature Conservancy and federal government, and the number of acres under conservation stewardship in Florida’s portion of the tri-state basin is nearly 750,000. Maybe future hikes will cover some of these other lands. Florida Trail Association member Doug Alderson is the author of several outdoor books, including Wild Florida Adventures. Check out Doug’s books and photographs at http://www.dougalderson.net
Doug Alderson on the Aucilla Sinks Trail
The New Girl’s Thank You
by Diane Strong, FTA Office
I joined the FTA staff in April of 2013. My background was administration in publicly traded corporations and later, academic medicine. How challenging could this position at a small non-profit be? I’d be working in this cute little house with beautiful quilts and a very sweet cat. I plugged along learning this most ornery of databases, generating renewal notices, stuffing envelopes, folding maps, filling orders, and learning how to run the store. I had not ever dealt directly with money and I made almost every mistake possible. Every day I had to balance the credit cards, cash and checks so that the totals matched both the store and the database. Just as I started to wonder how I would ever keep up with everything this job entails, I learned that on most Mondays, Betty Rushton would spend her afternoons at the FTA office catching me up on filing and creating new member packets. In the fall, the weather started to cool down but the volume of work at the FTA office started to heat up and I quickly became overwhelmed. The orders from the store came in big waves as did larger numbers of renewals and changes in Section Leaders and new Activity Leaders. I found I needed to start stuffing envelopes and making new and renewal packets at home in the evenings. Whenever things became really overwhelming, some fabulous volunteer would magically appear! In addition to Betty, a student named Angie Sokolowski came in 3 times a week for a month. She was there when the big waves of store orders started coming in and fortunately, Angie loved pulling orders and packing them up. With the loss of staff member Deb Blick, I suddenly found myself trying to answer trail questions and provide support for thru-hikers. I could no longer push that delightful “transfer” button on my phone and send those calls to Deb. I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to the individual chapter Trail Coordinators and the Section Leaders to whom I had to refer so many calls and questions. On December 18th, as some of you know, it took one wrong keystroke, and I had 40+ renewing members with their renewal cards showing expiration in January 2014 rather than January 2015. I got a couple of calls, then some more. Two local members called to inquire about their incorrect cards. I invited them to come in and help AND THEY DID. Debra Logeson, a retired postmistress, came in as much as she could considering she had a new grandchild a couple of hours away. She gave me a primer in USPS know how and helped me correct the database. When her availability became slim, she still would drop off plenty of free mailing supplies that I didn’t have time to order. In January, maps were flying off the shelf and I was reordering often. Membership renewals peak in January and February so there was always an abundance of processing to do. New Section and Activity Leader paperwork was piling up again. And the Annual Conference was just around the corner. Judy Trotta asked me several times if I was nervous. I said no, but only because I had no idea what was coming and was too busy to think about it. Just as I was starting to wonder how I was going to get everything done, I got a call from a long time member and thru-hiker who had years of experience working for the American Hiking Society. He was willing to hang his hat here for a month or so. My new hero, Ed Talone, swept in and worked over 300 hours from February 20th until April 30th. Ed was a gift from the gods! I don’t know how I would have made it through the spring without him. Once again I was saved by the kindness of volunteers. On the Sunday after the Annual Conference, Janet Akerson and I were thrilled to have volunteers come to the office to work on the building. They installed gutters by the back door so that we didn’t get soaked leaving the office in the rain. They power-washed the building, swept the roof, and installed a new light fixture at the back door so we wouldn’t be leaving in the dark during the winter months. They also fixed the fence, which we thought was unsalvageable and blew the leaves and debris from the parking lot. Kudos to Bill Turman, Michael Robinson, Ralph Hancock, Doug Kucklick, Jean LeMire, Mitch Sapp, Caryl McKellar and Fred Davis. These folks spent the day working and received only lunch and our gratitude in exchange for their time. Volunteers are the backbone of FTA and I truly am a fortunate person to have been in such need and to have had so many good people come through and help me.
2014 FTA Annual conference The Florida Trail Association would like to thank the following individuals and companies for their support.
Jim Aldridge Alligator Bob’s Meat Snacks Apalachee Chapter, FTA Eve Barbour Linda Benton Birkenstock USA, LP Black Creek Outfitters Brasington’s Adventure Outfitters Brevard Nature Alliance John Buchholz Christopher Boykin John Bob Carlos Anda Chance Irv Chance Mario Cisneros Clyde Butcher Gallery and Studio Paul Cummings Carl Dunnam Dutchware Gear Enlightened Equipment Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Carolyn Faust & Carol Reagle Florida Bay Outfitters Florida Outdoor Academy Phillip Gillette, Photographer Barbara Goldstein Fred and Laura Goldstein Dawn Griffin John Grob Pam & Joe Hale Happy Hoofers Chapter, FTA Heather Green Photography
Monica Hoerl Jetboil Gordon Johnson Michael Kennedy Jim Kern Light Load Towels Paul Marcellini Photography Pat McDonald Native Nurseries Daisy Palmer Paramount Plaza & Suites Howard Pardue Holly Parker Pearl Country Store REI Jacksonville Noelle Silk Snyder’s Lance, Inc. Strike-Zone Fishing Subaru Gainesville The Fresh Market Trader Joe’s Trail & Ski Shop, Inc Travel Country Outdoors Tropical Trekkers Chapter Bill Turman US Forest Service Janet and Jim Walsh Warbonnet Outdoors Western Gate Chapter, FTA Leslie Wheeler Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc. ZPacks Lightweight Gear
upcoming chapter Activities The Florida Trail Association offers activities throughout Florida. These activities, led by authorized Activity Leaders, Section Leaders, or staff members are organized by our local chapters. People interested in attending any activity should contact the Activity Leader for more information and for last minute changes. Activities are indicated as either open to the general Public or to FTA Members Only. Activity Level is evaluated as Leisure, Moderate or Strenuous. APALACHEE CHAPTER http://apalachee.floridatrail.org/ June 21, Saturday, Ft Braden Interpretative Day Hike. Public/Moderate. This annual hike will be led by Senior Forester Tom Gilpin. We will walk the trail while learning about resource management objectives of Lake Talquin State Forest during the cooler morning hours. Wear sturdy walking shoes, dress for the weather, bring bug spray, water and any personal items like medications. While the hike is leisurely and will be over about noon, there is uneven ground and some slopes to navigate. Meet at 8:15 a.m. at the trailhead on Blountstown Hwy (SR 20) about 1 mile west of Coe Landing Rd. Entrance sign is on the north side of the road. Contact Howard Pardue (850) 386-1494 / email@example.com. June 29 Sunday, St Marks River Kayak/Canoe Paddle. Public/Moderate. Start from US 98 bridge and paddle downstream to Fort San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park approximately 4.5 miles. The boat launch at San Marcos de Apalache State Park has a museum (fee), parking, dock, picnic areas and restrooms. Good easy paddle for a beginner. The river widens considerably as it nears the confluence with the St. Marks; expect winds and tidal influence. Wildlife is abundant along this clear, spring-fed river. After paddle, plan a late lunch/early dinner at the Riverside Café in St. Marks. Bring your own boat, pfd and equipment. RSVP by 6/26. Limit 25 people; first preference given to FTA members. Contact Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103 /Griffindd@aol. com, John Laney (850) 879-0168 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Wendy Dial (941) 320-8470 /email@example.com. Mondays July 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25; Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 Power Walk at Miccosukee Greenway. Public/Strenuous. Join us most every Monday to eliminate stress, burn fat and just get some exercise. This is not a trail running group, but we will maintain a power walking pace (approx. 3.5 mph) with light hiking gear (dress in layers, bring water, bug spray, hat, energy bar, light trekking or trail running shoes). PLEASE HYDRATE BEFORE YOU ARRIVE AS WELL - you will be glad you did. The basic hike will cover about 4 miles however some folks like to challenge themselves and go farther! RSVP on meetup or call leader for any last minute changes or cancellations. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Thornton Trailhead (Near I-10) on Miccosukee Road. Pets (on leash) and clean up your pet (park rules). There is a port-o-let bathroom facility at trailhead. CHECK OUT Leon County Trail Map at: http://imsinter.leoncountyfl.gov/website/Parks_SDE/Maps/ MiccosukeeGW_I-10Crump.pdf. Leader: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103 or Griffindd@aol.com. Wednesdays July 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27; Sep. 3, 17, 24 Power Walk at Lafayette Heritage Trail Park. Public/Strenuous. Join us most every Wednesday at Lafayette Heritage Trail Park (4900 Heritage Park Blvd., Tallahassee) near restroom at north end of parking area. Be ready to hike at 5:30 p.m. to eliminate stress, burn fat and just get some exercise. This is not a trail running group, but we will maintain a power walking pace (approx. 3.2 mph or faster) with light hiking gear (dress in layers, bring water, bug spray, hat, energy bar, light trekking or trail running shoes). Trails are mostly shaded. HYDRATE BEFORE YOU ARRIVE AS WELL . We will hike about 4 miles, rotating different routes over the summer. RSVP on MeetUp or call leader Wendy Dial (941-320-8470), clearly stating your name and phone number in case there are last-minute changes. July 8 Tuesday Chapter Meeting Program: “Hiking Mt. LeConte - Great Smoky Mountains National Park.” Public/Leisure. Dawn Griffin shares information on hiking Mt. LeConte located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and staying in LeConte Lodge which is considered the highest guest lodge in the
APALACHEE CHAPTER (continued) eastern United States. It is accessible only by hiking and is the only place in the Smoky Mountains where a visitor can sleep overnight in a snug permanent structure. Meeting held at the Early Learning Coalition, Suite 70, Northwood Centre, 1852 North Martin Luther King Blvd., Tallahassee. For information, contact Liz Sparks (850) 570-5950 or firstname.lastname@example.org. July 22 Tuesday Activities Planning Meeting. FTA Members Only/Leisure. Activity leaders’ planning meeting for October-December. Contact Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103 / Griffindd@aol.com. August 3 Sunday Spring Creek / Chipola River Paddle. Public/Leisure. Paddle 2.5 mi. of narrow, winding Spring Creek. This shallow stream is spring-fed and has a clear, sandy bottom. We’ll stop for snacks at the confluence with the Chipol. We’ll paddle a total of 4.5 mi. and stop at a local restaurant before returning to Tallahasssee. Co-leader: Gary Sisco. To sign up, contact leader: Gwen Beatty (850) 539-6027 email@example.com. August 8 Friday Moon Over Miccosukee: A Night Hike. Public/Leisure. Join us for a 7-mile moonlit hike along the Miccosukee Greenway Trail on Friday, August 8th, 8:30 p.m. See the trail and woods in a unique and unusual way. We will meet at the Greenway’s Crump Road trailhead across the street from the brick house at 4955 Crump Road. We will car shuttle to the Fleischmann Road trailhead to begin our hike. Remember: water, a flashlight or headlamp, bug spray, and to wear comfortable closed toed shoes. Contact John Laney firstname.lastname@example.org 850-879-0168 or Dawn Griffin Griffindd@aol.com 850-509-6103. August 9 Saturday FNST Trail Care. Public/Moderate. Clear trail and re-paint blazes on a section of the Florida National Scenic Trail in the Apalachicola National Forest. To sign up, contact leader: Richard Graham (850) 878-3616 email@example.com. August 12 Tuesday Chapter Meeting Program: “Accessible Recreation for All.” Public/Leisure. In 1988, David Jones was shot in a hunting accident resulting in a serious head injury that left him with paralysis of his left leg and no use of his left hand. In 1990 he formed the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association to help overcome the challenge of sports participation by the disabled. Come and hear his story and more about the organization which came out of his positive experience using sports and recreation for his own rehabilitation. Meeting held at the Early Learning Coalition, Suite 70, Northwood Centre, 1852 North Martin Luther King Blvd., Tallahassee. For information, contact Liz Sparks (850) 570-5950 or liz. firstname.lastname@example.org. August 16 Saturday Public/Leisure Get to Know FTA: Picnic, Swim and Walk. Public/Leisure. Beat the heat at Lake Hall (Maclay Gardens State Park) with picnicking, a swim, and/or a walk with Florida Trail Association folks. Dinner at 6 p.m. Bring a snack, dessert or dish to share and personal items. Hamburgers, hot dogs and lemonade to be provided by the Apalachee Chapter of FTA. Entrance fee: $6 per vehicle (2 to 8 persons) or $4 single occupant, $2 pedestrian or cyclist. Carpooling recommended. Reservations required so we can order food. To sign up, contact Howard Pardue (850) 386-1494 hpardue@ comcast.net. August 23 Saturday Slave Canal Float Trip. Public/Moderate. Canoe or kayak the Slave Canal beginning at Goose Pasture (on the Wacissa River) and ending at Nutall Rise (on the Aucilla River). Be prepared to carry your boat over or duck under fallen trees in the river. This is one of the few wilderness floats in the panhandle and the only signs of development are at the put-in and take-out. Contact Kent Wimmer at (850) 528-5261 or email@example.com to sign-up.
APALACHEE CHAPTER (continued) September 6 Saturday FNST Trail Care. Public/Moderate. Clear trail and re-paint blazes on a section of the Florida National Scenic Trail in the Apalachicola National Forest. To sign up, contact leader: Richard Graham (850) 878-3616 firstname.lastname@example.org. September 9 Tuesday Chapter Meeting Program: “Hiking through History: Exploring Archeological Sites in the American Southwest.” Public/Leisure. FTA member Mary Stewart will describe several hikes in the Four Corners area, including trips in Mesa Verde and Canyonlands National Parks and Hovenweep National Monument. Meeting held at the Early Learning Coalition, Suite 70, Northwood Centre, 1852 North Martin Luther King Blvd., Tallahassee. For information, contact Liz Sparks (850) 570-5950 or email@example.com. September 27 Saturday Econfina Creek Paddle. Public/Leisure. Come join a leisurely paddle on Econfina Creek-- about 5 mi. and 3 to 4 hours. We will paddle this beautiful section as it winds its way through Bay County, approximately 70 mi. west of Tallahassee, exploring Gainer Springs (also known as Emerald Springs) as we make our way down the creek. Upon completion of paddling, we’ll enjoy an optional stop at one of the local restaurants for a good meal to finish off a fine day. Co-leader: Dawn Griffin. To sign up, contact leader: Gary Sisco (850) 545-4776 firstname.lastname@example.org. FLORIDA CRACKERS CHAPTER http://crackers.floridatrail.org/ July 15, Tuesday Ichetucknee Kayak Public/Moderate. Join us for a 1/2 day paddle on the incredible, crystal clear Ichetucknee. Meet at the canoe/kayak launch at 9 am for a 1/2 day paddle. The launch site is at the NORTH entrance to the park on CR 238. State Park fees apply. The trip will take about 2.5 hours on the water, 3.5 hours including shuttles. Lunch afterwards in High Springs. No rentals are available, you must provide your own kayak/canoe. Bring water, sun screen, and a snack. Leader: Deb Blick email@example.com August 19, Tuesday Santa Fe River Kayak Public/Moderate. Meet at the River Rise boat ramp on US 27 just west High Spring at 9 am. We’ll unload boats and do a quick shuttle down to Rum Island Park for this ½ day paddle. There are a couple of good swimming holes to cool off along the way. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a picnic lunch for the end. Must provide own kayak/canoe. Leader: Deb Blick firstname.lastname@example.org October 4, Saturday Work Hike Lite Public/Leisure. If you are new to work hikes and/or would like a shorter and easier day, these work hikes are for you! We’ll do scouting, lopping, and remove fallen branches from the trail in the Suwannee and Lake Butler sections. Exact locations and times will be announced shortly before each hike - depending on weather conditions and previous stopping points. These hikes will be about 3 miles total and last about 3 hours. Please bring plenty of water and snacks and wear comfortable old clothing (it may get torn and/or splashed with paint). Everyone needs to wear a helmet, gloves, and glasses (safety, sunglasses, or prescription.) Long pants and sleeves are recommended. Wellbehaved dogs are welcome.. Leader: Robin Luger email@example.com October 7, Tuesday Work Hike Lite Public/Leisure. If you are new to work hikes and/or would ike a shorter and easier day, these work hikes are for you! We’ll do scouting, lopping, and remove fallen branches from the trail in the Suwannee and Lake Butler sections. Exact locations and times will be announced shortly before each hike - depending on weather conditions and previous stopping points. These hikes will be about 3 miles total and last about 3 hours. Please bring plenty of water and snacks and wear comfortable old clothing (it may get torn and/or splashed with paint). Everyone needs to wear a helmet, gloves, and glasses (safety, sunglasses, or prescription.) Long pants and sleeves are recommended. Wellbehaved dogs are welcome.. Leader: Robin Luger firstname.lastname@example.org
HEARTLAND CHAPTER http://heartland.floridatrail.org/ June 28, Saturday Annual Awards Dinner FTA Members Only/Leisure Description: Join us for our annual dinner in an air-conditioned atmosphere. This year, besides our more serious awards, we are looking for nominations for more frivolous awards. For example, the person who most often tips over their kayak. Bring: Cash or credit card to pay for meal. Contact: David Waldrop at 863-605-3587, or email: email@example.com for meet up time, location, and other information. Also, please RSVP to the chapter online Meetup.com page at http://www.meetup.com/ Heartland-FTA/calendar. INDIAN RIVER CHAPTER http://www.floridatrail.org/about-us/chapters/indianriver/ June 21, Saturday Annual Turkey Creek Paddle & Cook-Out FTA Members Only/Leisure. Must provide your own canoe/kayak and safety equipment. We will canoe/kayak up Turkey Creek and then return for lunch/cookout. Hamburgers, hotdogs and sodas will be provided. Bring a side dish, chips or dessert to share. Must call activity leader: Dale Weddle, Phone: 321-729-9162 for details. June 28, Saturday Bull Creek WMA Day Hike Public/Moderate. Meet at 6:00 a.m. at Sam’s Discount Club, 4255 W New Haven Ave, Melbourne. Must call Activity Leader: Tony Flohre – Phone: 321-723-6339 for details. July 12, Saturday Full Moon Hike – Bull Creek Public/Moderate.– Meet at 8:30 p.m. at Sam’s Discount Club, 4255 W New Haven Ave, Melbourne. Please call Activity Leader: Tony Flohre 321-723-6339 July 19, Saturday Visit St. Augustine Lighthouse Public/Leisure. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Viera MacDonald’s. Must call Activity Leader: Tony Flohre 321-723-6339 for information July 26, Saturday Orlando Wetlands Park Day Hike Public/Leisure. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Sam’s 26Discount Club, 4255 W New Haven Ave, Melbourne. Hike will be 3 to 5 miles in length. Activity Leader: Joe Allen Phone: 321-223-2769 INDIAN RIVER CHAPTER (continued) OJuly 27, Sunday Bull Creek WMA Day Hike Public/Leisure. Meet 6:30 a. m. – . at Sam’s Discount Club, 4255 W New Haven Ave, Melbourne. Activity Leader: Tony Flohre 321-723-6339 August 4, Monday Monthly Chapter Meeting Public/Leisure. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Public Library on Fee Avenue in Melbourne Contact. Richard Louden-321-638-8804 or firstname.lastname@example.org August 9, Saturday Visit Ponce De Leon Lighthouse Public/Leisure. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Viera MacDonald’s. Must call Activity Leader: Tony Flohre 321-723-6339 for information August 16, Saturday Full Moon Hike Turkey Creek Public/Leisure. Meet at 8:30 p.m. at the Turkey Creek Sanctuary. Please call Activity Leader: Tony Flohre 321-723-6339 for information August 18, Monday Bi-Monthly Planning Meeting FTA Members Only/Leisure. Meet at 6:45 p.m. at the Melbourne Public Library on Fee Avenue in Melbourne. Leader: Richard Louden, Phone: 321-693-3820, e-mail: email@example.com. 23 August 23, Saturday Leisure Hike along Little Econ Public/Leisure. Meet at 6:30 a.m. at Viera MacDonald’s. Call Activity Leader: Tony Flohre 321-723-6339 for information
For chapter websites/Meetups, go to http://www.floridatrail.org/about-us/chapters/ then select the chapter ALLIGATOR AMBLERS CHAPTER CHARLOTTE, COLLIER, AND LEE Bonalyn Plante 239-227-0937
AA Sub Chapter FISHEATING CREEK GLADES AND HENDRY
Margaret England 863-674-0695 APALACHEE CHAPTER FRANKLIN, GADSDEN, JEFFERSON, LEON, LIBERTY, AND WAKULLA
Howard Pardue 850-386-1494 BIG CYPRESS CHAPTER MIAMI-DADE AND MONROE Nina Dupuy 305-608-6866
CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER ORANGE, SEMINOLE, AND OSCEOLA Tom Regan 407-415-8592 CHOCTAWHATCHEE CHAPTER WALTON AND OKALOOSA Paul Kellum 850-654-1172
When you join the state-wide Florida Trail Association you automatically become a member of your local chapter based upon your zip code. However, members may attend the activities of any chapter and may transfer to any chapter they wish simply by informing the FTA Office. Florida Trail activities are organized by our local chapters and led by authorized volunteer activity leaders. Many of our activities are open to the general public so you can get to know us before you join. Activities can be found online at www.floridatrail.org Click on “About Us” then click on the “Upcoming Events” button on the left. Local activities are usually also listed on the chapter websites, Facebook pages amd Meetups. Click on “About Us” then “Our Chapters” for links to local chapter sites. Participants in activities must sign an Assumption of Risk form and agree to accept personal responsibility for their safety and the safety of accompanying minors. Always contact the activity leader in advance for more information, to let them know you are attending, to find out any special requirements or equipment for the activity, and to check for any last minute changes.
FLORIDA CRACKERS CHAPTER ALACHUA, LEVY, GILCRIST, AND MARION Mitch Sapp 352-332-2065 HALIFAX-ST JOHNS CHAPTER FLAGLER, PUTNAM, AND VOLUSIA Linda Taylor 386-774-0734 HAPPY HOOFERS CHAPTER BROWARD AND HENDRY Esther Muram 954-742-7572 HEARTLAND CHAPTER DESOTO, HARDEE, HIGHLANDS, AND POLK David Waldrop 863-605-3587 HIGHLANDERS CHAPTER LAKE AND SUMTER Rollin Patrick 407-469-3638 INDIAN RIVER CHAPTER BREVARD AND INDIAN RIVER Richard Loudon 321-638-8804 LOXAHATCHEE CHAPTER PALM BEACH
Margaret Brabham 561-588-3077 NORTH FLA TRAILBLAZERS CHAPTER BAKER, BRADFORD, CLAY, DUVAL, NASSAU, ST. JOHNS, AND UNION Leslie Wheeler 904-386-2186
SUWANNEE CHAPTER COLUMBIA, DIXIE, HAMILTON, LAFAYETTE, MADISON, SUWANNEE, AND TAYLOR Irv Chance 386-330-2424
PANHANDLE CHAPTER BAY, CALHOUN, GULF, HOLMES, JACKSON, AND WASHINGTON Ron Peterson 850-814-0139
TROPICAL TREKKERS CHAPTER MARTIN, OKEECHOBEE, AND ST. LUCIE Bridget Kean 850-212-2262
SUNCOAST CHAPTER CITRUS, HERNANDO, HILLSBOROUGH, MANATEE, PASCO, PINELLAS AND SARASOTA Lenny Chew 813-838-6834
WESTERN GATE CHAPTER ESCAMBIA AND SANTA ROSA Helen Wigersma 850-484-0528
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Articles: We hope for contributions from the various chapters highlighting events and accomplishments, especially those that involve new groups and outreach opportunities. We also look for unique hiking stories from members, and articles regarding anything that pertains to hiking and camping (trail recipes, hiking and safety tips, howtos, etc.) If you submit a story, please make sure to include photos that you would like to go with it. Word count can be anywhere from 200 to 900 words, depending on photos and page length. Please do not embed photos within a documentthe resolution will be too low for inclusion. Instead submit all photos as separate files. Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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