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The Heartland Chapter is one of 19 chapters for the Florida Trail Association. The FTA is a volunteer group that maintains the Florida National Scenic Trail, a 1500 mile thru hiking trail from Big Cypress to the Panhandle. The Heartland Chapter is responsible for the maintenance of the trail in Polk, Highlands, Hardee and Desoto counties. We also maintain several loop trails throughout Polk County. Visit us at www.HeartlandFTA.org (http://www.heartlandfta.org/) for more information about our chapter. Or go to www.floridatrail.org (http://www.floridatrail.org/) to learn more about the Florida Trail Association.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Becoming a member of this Meetup group is not to be assumed as becoming a member in the Florida Trail Association (FTA). FTA membership information is available at https://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/ .

Upcoming events (4)

10.05.2020 Arbuckle WMA 1 Day Volunteer Trail Care

1558 Rucks Dairy Rd

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Becoming a member of this Meetup group is not to be assumed as becoming a member in the Florida Trail Association (FTA). Membership in the Florida Trail Association helps us in our efforts to build, protect and promote the Florida National Scenic Trail. FTA membership information is available at https://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/. This is a Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA) working activity opened to the public. FTA membership is not required to participate. Please join us for a much-needed trail Maintenance workday at the Arbuckle Tract in the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest. We will meet at the Reedy Creek II Hunt Camp, 1558 Rucks Dairy Rd at 8:00 and will plan to work till 1:00 or 2:00. Bring your lunch and plenty of water. Trail maintenance work actives for the work teams will include mowing, lopping, chainsawing, hedging and blazing. Tools and some personal protection gear will be available. Bring gloves and eye protection. Link to trail map: https://www.fdacs.gov/content/download/29770/file/2019 Lake Wales Ridge_br- KIOSK MAP.pdf Safety Requirements: Long pants required. Long sleeve shirt recommended. Minimum 2 liters of water per person mandatory. Sturdy footwear. No bare feet, flip flops, or open-toed footwear. Insect protection. Snacks/Food 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.

10.12.2020 Arbuckle WMA 1 Day Volunteer Trail Care

Location visible to members

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Becoming a member of this Meetup group is not to be assumed as becoming a member in the Florida Trail Association (FTA). Membership in the Florida Trail Association helps us in our efforts to build, protect and promote the Florida National Scenic Trail. FTA membership information is available at https://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/. This is a Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA) working activity opened to the public. FTA membership is not required to participate. Please join us for a much-needed trail Maintenance workday at the Arbuckle Tract in the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest. We will meet at the Reedy Creek II Hunt Camp, 1558 Rucks Dairy Rd at 8:00 and will plan to work till 1:00 or 2:00. Bring your lunch and plenty of water. Trail maintenance work actives for the work teams will include mowing, lopping, chainsawing, hedging and blazing. Tools and personal protection gear will be available. Please bring gloves and eye protection if you have them. If you have your own loppers that would be helpful. Link to trail map: https://www.fdacs.gov/content/download/29770/file/2019 Lake Wales Ridge_br- KIOSK MAP.pdf Safety Requirements: Long pants required. Long sleeve shirt recommended. Minimum 2 liters of water per person mandatory. Sturdy footwear. No bare feet, flip flops, or open-toed footwear. A hat for sun protection. Insect protection. Snacks/Food 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.

11.09.2020 Arbuckle WMA 1 Day Volunteer Trail Care

Location visible to members

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Becoming a member of this Meetup group is not to be assumed as becoming a member in the Florida Trail Association (FTA). Membership in the Florida Trail Association helps us in our efforts to build, protect and promote the Florida National Scenic Trail. FTA membership information is available at https://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/. This is a Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA) working activity opened to the public. FTA membership is not required to participate. Please join us for a much-needed trail Maintenance workday at the Arbuckle Tract in the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest. We will meet at the Reedy Creek II Hunt Camp, 1558 Rucks Dairy Rd at 8:00 and will plan to work till 1:00 or 2:00. Bring your lunch and plenty of water. Bring gloves and eye protection if you have them. Trail maintenance work actives for the work teams will include mowing, lopping, chainsawing, hedging and blazing. Tools and personal protection gear will be available. Please bring gloves and eye protection if you have them. If you have your own loppers that would be helpful. Link to trail map: https://www.fdacs.gov/content/download/29770/file/2019 Lake Wales Ridge_br- KIOSK MAP.pdf Safety Requirements: Long pants required. Long sleeve shirt recommended. Minimum 2 liters of water per person mandatory. Sturdy footwear. No bare feet, flip flops, or open-toed footwear. A hat for sun protection. Insect protection. Snacks/Food 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.

11.16.2020 Arbuckle WMA 1 Day Volunteer Trail Care

Location visible to members

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Becoming a member of this Meetup group is not to be assumed as becoming a member in the Florida Trail Association (FTA). Membership in the Florida Trail Association helps us in our efforts to build, protect and promote the Florida National Scenic Trail. FTA membership information is available at https://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/. This is a Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA) working activity opened to the public. FTA membership is not required to participate. Please join us for a much-needed trail Maintenance workday at the Arbuckle Tract in the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest. We will meet at the Reedy Creek II Hunt Camp, 1558 Rucks Dairy Rd at 8:00 and will plan to work till 1:00 or 2:00. Bring your lunch and plenty of water. Bring gloves and eye protection. Trail maintenance work actives for the work teams will include mowing, lopping, chainsawing, hedging and blazing. Tools and personal protection gear will be available. Please bring gloves and eye protection if you have them. If you have your own loppers that would be helpful. Link to trail map: https://www.fdacs.gov/content/download/29770/file/2019 Lake Wales Ridge_br- KIOSK MAP.pdf Safety Requirements: Long pants required. Long sleeve shirt recommended. Minimum 2 liters of water per person mandatory. Sturdy footwear. No bare feet, flip flops, or open-toed footwear. A hat for sun protection. Insect protection. Snacks/Food 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.

Past events (661)

3.13.20 Trail Care at Green Swamp East FNST

FNST ROCKRIDGE ROAD TRAILHEAD AT GSE

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