- Volunteer Work Party at Pine Log East
On Sunday, September 15, 2019 a “hike and snip” will occur along the beginning section of the Florida Trail leading into Pine Log State Forest and continuing into the Ti Ti Swamp. Hikers will be asked to help clean up with tools including loppers, handsaws, and snips. Starting at 4 we will meet at the entrance to Crooked Creek on Hwy 79, then drive closer to our work area. be back to the cars by 6:30. Work gloves suggested but not required. Close toed shoes are a must as there are “swampy” areas and brush as well as downed branches and twigs. The weather suggests highs near 90 with a wind of 12 mph so dress should be protective and light. At least one liter of water is required and more recommended as it will be hot and manual labor. Bring a hat, water, snacks, and bug spray. RSVPs close at 2:00 PM on Sunday. Contact us with questions. Leader Information: Name: Darryl Updegrove Email: [masked] Phone:[masked] Co Leader Information: Name: Evan Updegrove Email: [masked] Phone:[masked]
- Canoe/Kayak the Econfina Creek - Econfina Livery to SR 388
Canoe/Kayak the beautiful Econfina Creek either with rental 1/2 person kayak, 2 person canoe or your own watercraft. Econfina Livery rents equipment and operates a shuttle bus, all for cash fees as detailed on their website: http://canoeeconfinacreek.net/rates.html Be sure to bring water/drinks and food for one meal. Also, sunscreen, bug spray, waterproof bag, and hat are all highly recommended. From their website: Rates/Vessels Only Cash is accepted Photo ID required Watercraft rental includes vessel, paddles, life vests, and a return shuttle for people, equipment, vessels to the Livery. Canoes $50.00 (two people) $20.00 (3rd adult) Children 15 and younger can ride in the middle of a canoe free of charge (1 large child or 2 small children). Kayaks $40.00 Single $50.00 Double Personally Owned Vessels All prices listed are per vessel. $5.00 Park and Launch, no transportation included (Monday - Friday Only) $35.00 Full Shuttle – Park, Launch and shuttle for vessels, equipment and people back to the Livery (Available 7 days per week by Reservation).
- September Chapter Meeting
For September, our chapter meeting focus will be on preparing for the Panhandle Gathering in November. We are looking for certified activity leaders to lead hikes; Volunteers to help with setup, registration, coordination, cooking and cleanup; and Volunteers for work partieis to clean and clear our trails prior to November. If you want to help in any way, or want to learn more, this is the meeting for you!
- Trail Scouting/Lite Maintenance - Econfina Section
We will meet at the FNST trailhead on Rte 20 near Asphalt Plant Road and carpool to Porter Pond Road to scout trail conditions in both directions. Light trail maintenance using clippers and hand saws only. This will be a short, hot hike. Hat, sun protection, lots of fluids is mandatory. If you have work or garden gloves, you may bring them.
- FNSTrail Maintenance and Spring Swim
We will meet at the trailhead on Hwy. 20 and perform general maintenance along the Florida Trail. All PPE to be worn at all times. Tools and equipment provided. Dress accordingly with weather and for field work. (pants, sturdy shoes. Long sleeve and boots for sawyers) Bring water and any snacks/food Bring swimwear for a dip in Williford Springs afterwards
- Chapter Business Meeting - Sonny's BBQ in Lynn Haven
Our leadership team meets monthly to discuss the business of the chapter and welcomes any FTA member to join us. We meet by conference call with a face-to-face meeting once a quarter. If you would like to attend, please contact Darryl Updegrove or Jennifer Larck to attend this quarterly face to face meeting. The dinner will be at your own expense, but we need to reserve enough seats for all who wish to attend. We're always looking for more folks to step up and help out with various positions in the chapter. We have several committee chair positions vacant, like public relations and newsletter. If you would like to offer a few hours of your time to help support the chapter, please contact Darryl Updegrove or Jennifer Larck today! Thank you! Your Leadership Team Chair: Darryl Updegrove Vice Chair: Jennifer Larck Treasurer: Bryan Durta Secretary: Evan Updegrove Director: Charissa Thacker
- FNSTrail Maintenance-Rattlesnake Lake West
We will be reestablishing the FNST thru an area where the pines were harvested last year. We will meet at the trailhead on Hwy 20 and shuttle to the work site. From there we will finish installing stakes to mark the trail. There are about 10 stakes remaining to install. PPE and tools provided. PPE to be worn at all times. Dress accordingly to weather and trail conditions. (There will be no tree coverage. This activity allows shorts and sturdy shoes) Bring water and snacks/lunch in a pack. Don't forget sunscreen if you need it.
- FNSTrail Maintenance-Rattlesnake Lake West
We will be reestablishing the FNST thru an area where the pines were harvested last year. We will meet at the trailhead on Hwy 20 and shuttle to the work site. From there we will do some general maintenance along the trail. (Cutting back growth and placing tposts as markers) PPE and tools provided. PPE to be worn at all times. Dress accordingly to weather and trail conditions. (There will be no tree coverage. This activity allows shorts and sturdy shoes) Bring water and snacks/lunch in a pack. Don't forget sunscreen if you need it.
- August Chapter Meeting
Come join us at Amavida Coffee shop in old St. Andrews, Panama City. Our speaker will be from the Panama City Beach Turtle Watch organization. Turtle Watch was started in 1991 by the St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association, a non-profit conservation group based in Panama City, Florida. Turtle Watch is a group of volunteers whose common purpose is to locate sea turtle nests, protect them until hatching, and help the hatchlings make it safely to the water.
- Frances Wittkopf Trail Head Dedication Ceremony
The city of Lynn Haven has begun to turn the old Air Force fuel depot railroad line into a multiuse trail. Come out and see the dedication ceremony for the official dedication of the trail, to be known as the Frances Wittkopf Trail.