North Florida Trail Manager, Jeff Glenn, writes:
On December 18, we wrapped up the Western Corridor puncheon project, installing the very last of the 800 deck timbers. That is 9,600 linear feet of new material! What an incredible feat, knowing that just the deck boards alone weighed a whopping 80,000 pounds…. and think about how many times each one of those was picked up and put down! Our trail crews also installed 350 (26,000 pounds) of the mud sills, 700 pieces of rebar, and hammered in 3,200 timber spikes. We had some machinery to help us along the way, but it was definitely an extremely physical project and each person’s labor is what carried us to the end. This was a unique project for the FTA and we could not have done it without the incredible, hard working volunteers who have given their all. At times it was hot, cold, muddy, swampy, and always hard work, but we did it and we should all be proud of the accomplishment.
Over the course of this project: 56 individual FTA volunteers worked 2,424 hours and drove a whopping 8,585 miles to work on the trail
I want to personally recognize the amazing leadership of Abe Christian. His leadership and dedication was a major factor in the success of this project and he has a lot to be proud of.
I also want to thank the National Forest Foundation, REI Inc., and the Ocala National Forest for supporting this project.