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1st of May 2019

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April 2019 FTA Award Recipients 2019 FTA Annual Meeting We had another productive FTA Annual Meeting, Chapter Council and Board Meeting on April 6 in Gainesville, FL. This year’s annual meeting was jam-packed with exciting updates and important acknowledgements including: Announcement & Swearing In Ceremony for the Board of Directors & Officers Trail Operations Report […]


29th of March 2019

March 2019 E-blaze

March 2019 Progress in Econfina Hurricane Michael Recovery Efforts Two- Penny Bridge Panhandle Trail Program Manager, Adam Fryska, writes: By now, the FTA community is well aware of the tremendous damage done by Hurricane Michael to the Econfina Section of the Florida Trail. On March 1-3, the Panhandle Chapter hosted the first major Volunteer Work […]


Warrior Expeditions: Ride the Divide

FT Program Director, Alex Stigliano writes,  I first learned of Warrior Expeditions in 2014, shortly after joining the FT Program staff, and I immediately connected to their mission. I came from a professional background of leading people on multi-day backcountry expeditions. I saw first-hand the transformative effect of time spent outdoors. I believe nature can bring […]


February 2019 E-blaze

February 2019 Big Cypress Backcountry Trail Maintenance January 30th to February 4th, 2019 Central & South Florida Trail Manager, Kelly Wiener, writes: The 2019 Big Cypress Backcountry Volunteer Work Party was a resounding success! With the uncertainty surrounding the federal shutdown, we worked hard to coordinate with local volunteers and National Park Service staff to […]


20th of March 2019

Juniper Prairie Wilderness Now Open to Overnight Camping

US Forest Service encourages responsible recreation   TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 19, 2019 – The U.S. Forest Service recently reopened the Juniper Prairie Wilderness and Juniper Run to both overnight camping and day use after the areas were closed for 30 days due to dangerous bear activity. U.S. Forest Service officials, in consultation with the Florida […]


22nd of February 2019

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January 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival Community Outreach Manager, Van Tran, writes: The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started in 2003 by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), a nonprofit river conservation organization located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. The festival is a call to action, featuring […]


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7th of January 2019

December 2018 E-blaze

December 2018 Season’s Greetings from the FTA FTA President, Leslie Wheeler, writes: Looking through my calendar from this entire year reminds me how busy we’ve been working for the Florida Trail. I will surely omit your most important trail day, but here are some of mine: the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Ididahike, celebrating the 50th […]


Lake Lizzie Ribbon Cutting & Inaugural Hike

Lake Lizzie Preserve, one of the newest sections of the Florida Trail that was added as a part of our efforts to close the Central Florida Gap. On Friday, January 25th, join the Florida Trail Coalition members in celebrating our new partnership with Osceola County. We will be holding a public ribbon cutting ceremony and […]


14th of December 2018

November 2018 E-Blaze

November 2018 2018-2019 Florida Trail Data Book & Maps It’s prime preparation time for the Florida Trail hiking season! The up-to-date 2018-2019 Florida Trail Data Book and printed maps are now available through the FTA store! FT Databook Western Corridor Puncheon Project Work continues in the Ocala National Forest Over the course of 16 days of consecutive work […]