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Welcome to the Black Bear Chapter Meetup of the Florida Trail Association, serving Putnam, Flagler, and Volusia Counties. Formerly known as the Halifax-St. Johns Chapter, this Chapter maintains approximately 100 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail and Florida Trail in northern Ocala National Forest and north from Buckman Lock to Etoniah Creek, including the Rice Creek section. Trail maintenance is often accomplished with week-long camping outings. The Black Bear Chapter also maintains loop trails including the Bella Vista Trail at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park and the St. Francis Hiking Trail in the southern Ocala National Forest. The Black Bear Chapter schedules a variety of activities including trail maintenance, hiking, backpacking, camping, paddling, picnics and educational opportunities. Come enjoy the amazing natural beauty of our Florida environment. We welcome your suggestions and participation. The goal of Black Bear Chapter Meetup of the Florida Trail Association is to support the Florida Trail Association’s mission of building and maintaining the Florida National Scenic Trail as well as other trails throughout Florida. Our activities and members are in support of that goal. The Florida National Scenic Trail is a 1,100 mile public accessible trail spanning the length of Florida from the Big Cypress National Preserve at the Everglades to Gulf Islands National Seashore in the western Panhandle. There is no fee to join this Meetup and participate in events open to the public. Black Bear Chapter is one of 18 Florida Trail Association chapters statewide that provides volunteers to build and maintain the Florida National Scenic Trail. Building, maintaining and enjoying the Florida National Scenic Trail is our mission. Members of our Meetup group are not members of FTA until they join FTA. The Florida Trail Association is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1966. We depend on your paid membership in the FTA and your generous donations for maintaining the Florida Trail. You can join the Florida Trail Association here: http://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-me... (http://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/)

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Join the Black Bear Chapter as they host their first Volunteer Work Party

To register you MUST sign up for each individual day of the project. This is to ensure the daily numbers comply with FTA Covid-19 protocols. If you do not register through the official registration page you will be asked to leave the project. RSVPing on Meetup is not your registration.

Join the Black Bear Chapter as they host their first Volunteer Work Party of the maintenance season! Camping is provided at the OHV center.

This is a Black Bear Chapter of the FTA volunteer trail maintenance project on the Florida National Scenic Trail in the Ocala National Forest. Camping is provided at the OHV center on the National Forest and work will be done from Rodman Dam heading south.

We will do routine trail maintenance on the FNST starting at Rodman Dam and working south. The Florida Trail Association will provide tools, PPE, and food for the project and volunteers are responsible for bringing their own camping gear, day pack to carry lunch, water bottles, and other personal items. RVs are allowed here but there are no RV hookups at the OHV Center.

The Florida Trail through this section is characterized by tall longleaf pine forests, palmetto undergrowth and sprawling sandhill communities. Florida black bear sightings are most common along this segment, as are Florida scrub jays which thrive in this type of environment.

This event is a free volunteer opportunity. No previous trail maintenance experience is necessary. Join our crew and have fun!

Please note: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the FTA team and our partners have dedicated extensive time and care into creating new and safe operating procedures for our FTA events and volunteer work parties. With these COVID-19 Operating Procedures in place, our focus is to minimize all participants’ possible exposure to the virus as much as possible. The comfort and safety of our FTA community members is of utmost priority to us.

In order to participate in ANY FTA event, you must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 day prior to attending the event. You must provide this information by completing one of the official forms.

Per the FTA Covid-19 protocols we will break into crews of no more than 5 members each day, working on different sections of the trail. Camping will also be broken up into teams of no more than 5 members with one centralized kitchen cooking for the group. Masks will be required when social distancing is not possible and sanitation guidelines will be strictly adhered to.

To register you MUST sign up for each individual day of the project. This is to ensure the daily numbers comply with FTA Covid-19 protocols. If you do not register through the official registration page you will be asked to leave the project. RSVPing on Meetup is not your registration.

The links are below:

10/28 and 10/29 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/172014448847

10/30 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/172035060497

10/31 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/172037267097

11/1 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/172042221917

11/2 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/172058851657

Once again, to register you MUST sign up for each individual day of the project. This is to ensure the daily numbers comply with FTA Covid-19 protocols. If you do not register through the official registration page you will be asked to leave the project. RSVPing on Meetup is not your registration.

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