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The Florida Trail Association builds, maintains, protects, and promotes the unique Florida National Scenic Trail (Florida Trail), along with a network of hiking trails throughout the state of Florida. Together with their partners, the Association provides opportunities for the public to contribute to meaningful volunteer work, engage in outdoor recreation, and participate in environmental education. Doors open at 6:30. Free and open to the public. Our speaker will be Kelly Wiener-Interim Trail Program Director Kelly is a graduate of the University of Vermont, where she earned a BA in Environmental Studies. She developed a passion for working outdoors after studying abroad at a biological research station in Costa Rica and interning at the Lake Champlain Land Trust. After graduating, Kelly completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Boston City Hall. She then went on to manage a regional food access program at a non-profit in Upstate New York before starting with the FTA in 2016.
Join the Florida Trail Association (FTA) for a day of trail maintenance on the Florida Trail, Florida's very own 1,400-mile national scenic hiking trail! As a celebration of National Public Lands Day, we will be partnering with members of the Turtle Coast Group of the Sierra Club to complete trail work in Tosohatchee WMA, located in Christmas, FL. Shaped by alternating cycles of fire and flood, the Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area is a mosaic of freshwater marshes, swamps, pine flatwoods and hardwood hammocks. The forested uplands support white-tailed deer, bobcat, fox squirrel, bald eagle, gray fox, turkey, hawks, owls, and many species of songbirds. The WMA also contains a variety of rare and endangered species of flora, including orchids and hand ferns. The work we'll be doing will be cutting back vegetative growth on the trail using hand tools on approximately 2 miles of trail. No previous trail maintenance experience is required. Tools, protective equipment, training, extra beverages and snacks will be provided by the FTA. Please come prepared with a daypack, at least 2 liters of water, lunch, bug repellent, sunscreen, protective sunwear, long pants and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. You must sign up here to participate. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sierra-club-volunteer-day-on-the-florida-trail-tickets-69922731773 The group will be meeting at 9:00am at the Taylor Creek Road entrance of Tosohatchee WMA (3365 Taylor Creek Rd Christmas, FL 32709) From the meeting location, we will carpool and shuttle to the trail a short distance away. Please join us for a day of giving back to our unique statewide hiking trail!