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We need to meet to discuss all the ideas and tentative plans we've talked about so far with respect to our trip south in June, and start trying to move toward some general plans. This will also be an opportunity for anyone still on the fence to come and ask questions. Let's meet in the bar area. We can move to the dining area and get a table later if people want to have dinner. Visit Al's Pizza website here https://alspizza.com/ Bring your best and brightest ideas!
• What we'll do Gourd Island Conservation Area features wetland and upland natural communities, including floodplain swamp, basin swamp, dome swamp, depression marsh, wet flatwoods, mesic flatwoods, sandhill and xeric hammock. The Florida Department of Transportation acquired the property in December 2010 and subsequently donated it to the St. Johns River Water Management District as mitigation for wetland impacts elsewhere. The donation of the property provides significant water resource protection for Durbin and Sampson creeks, which border the property to the north. The property included a JEA (formerly Jacksonville Electric Authority) easement for the installation of a utility pipeline and perpetual maintenance of that pipeline. Completed in 2011, the pipeline is primarily located beneath the main access road, which extends into the conservation area from the parking area and trailhead. For more information, visit https://www.sjrwmd.com/lands/recreation/gourd-island/ We will follow the white trail to the red trail and back, for a total distance of about 4.1 miles. View the trail map here: https://www.sjrwmd.com/static/lands/trailguides/gourdislandtrail.pdf - Get driving directions here: https://goo.gl/maps/Ehczk4CHdxK2 - We will meet at the conservation area parking lot. - If anyone is interested in carpooling, please leave a message below to begin a conversation. - Bring bug spray, water, and maybe a snack. If there is interest, we can go to lunch as a group afterward.
The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre urban woodland full of trails for you to explore and enjoy. From the trailhead next to the parking lot, a stabilized walkway encircles a beautiful two-acre lake. This trail gently descends about 25 feet from to the foot of the lake and then returns up a gentle slope on the opposite side to the trailhead. Interpretive signs and over 100 labeled plants enhance the loop. In addition, over two miles of rustic hiking trails wind quietly through a series of distinct ecological habitats. Along the trails, benches invite you either to pause and enjoy the view or to get in a good stretch during a vigorous walk. The Arboretum is developed and managed by the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Inc., a non-profit entity that leases the land from the City. Except for special events, there is no admission fee. We will follow the trails in a clockwise pattern, covering about 3 miles. For for more information about the arboretum, including trail maps, visit http://www.jacksonvillearboretum.org/. - We will meet in the parking area at the arboretum. - Get directions here: https://goo.gl/maps/Vgc9K6LRVmt - If anyone is interested in carpooling, please leave a message below to begin a conversation. - Bring bug spray, water, and possibly a snack If there is interest, we can go to lunch as a group afterward.