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July 2018
Gateway Communities Program
Connecting FT Hikers with FT Communities
Florida Trail Program Intern, Halle Goldstein, writes:
The Gateway Communities Program is underway again! This program works by connecting our hikers to towns and small businesses along the Florida Trail, and vice versa. We are creating partnerships with the town councils and business owners in these communities.
This program will not only bring awareness, safety, and accommodation to our hikers, but also provide publicity, tourism, and economic growth to businesses such as restaurants, campgrounds, and local grocery stores in these towns.
Information about each Gateway Community and our partnered businesses will be made available on the FTA website in the coming months. Stay tuned!
Hikers can also look forward to our FNST Passport Program. As seen on the Appalachian Trail and El Camino de Santiago, this passport program is a fun way for hikers to visit our Gateway Communities and have a memento of each place they visited along the Florida Trail. Gateway Communities and businesses will be housing most of these collectible stamps. The FNST Passport Program will be launched in the fall.
Stamps such as these are part of the FNST Passport Program, starting this fall
FT Trivia Quiz
How well do you know the Florida Trail?
Take a moment to test your knowledge of the Florida Trail and FTA history. Check out the FT Trivia Quiz!
Mark Your Calendars!
FTA Presents: The National Trails Festival
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System
October 5-7, 2018
Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center in Earl Brown Park
Deland, FL
Carlos Schomaker, VP Development & Outreach, writes:
The FTA invites all nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, October 5-7 in Deland, FL. The Florida Trail is one of eleven other designated national scenic trails that were spawned by this 1968 Act of Congress. Everyone’s invited to drop in and check out these amazing public resources!
  • Learn about America’s important trails and opportunities to enjoy, traverse and volunteer on them
  • Check out various presentations, demos and displays; and meet a variety of outdoor leaders
  • Hear from compelling guests, including: our Friday evening speaker, outdoor diversity advocate and author, Audrey Peterman and on Saturday night, well-known speed-hiker and author, Jennifer Pharr Davis
  • Other exciting guests from the outdoor community will also be present
  • Sandra Friend and John Keatley’s official book launch and book signing for the new, full-color Third Edition of 50 Hikes in Central Florida
  • Attend an FNST Coalition Meeting (Sat., Oct. 6, 9 – 11:30am)
  • Live music and exciting gear raffle
  • Bonus: We’ll also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act!
Put this FREE EVENT on your calendar and help us spread the word! We’ll be sharing more information as the date gets closer. It’s time to celebrate this important legislation and the trails and communities that are its legacy! To find out more info about the National Trails System’s 50th Anniversary, visit:
The Pursuit of Endurance
Check out a glimpse of Jennifer Pharr Davis’s “Pursuit of Endurance.” We look forward to having her as one of our guest speakers at the National Trails Festival!
Audrey and Frank Peterman have been pioneers in the green and conservation movement since 1995.They are among the leading experts on America’s publicly-owned lands system. They are tenacious advocates for breaking
the color barrier and integration of our natural treasures as a way for all Americans, including children, youth, adults and seniors regardless of ethnic heritage to better appreciate our collective history and achieve a truly democratic society.
Sandra Friend and John Keatley will be launching and signing their new, full-color Third Edition book, “50 Hikes in Central Florida”
Outdoor Retailer
“When you have a whole life in the outdoors, you realize you have asense of responsibility to protect these wild places.” – Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia, Inc.
National Scenic Trails non-profit partners hosted a panel comprised of corporate and non-profit professionals that explored the question, “Where would we be without trails?”
Florida Trail Program Director, Alex Stigliano, writes:
The Outdoor Industry Association’s Outdoor Retailer trade show (OR for short) is where many connections between large apparel and equipment companies (Osprey, Granite Gear, Sawyer, etc.) and non-profit organizations, including the FTA, happen. For some of our sister National Scenic Trail (NST) orgs, large portions of their operating budgets are generated through corporate partnerships that were forged at this trade show decades ago. Building those relationships is what brought the FTA to the Summer OR show in July.
As you may be aware, the FTA just finished a Membership drive in July. That drive was incentivized by a raffle featuring gear donated by some great companies that we met at the OR show. The numbers for the July Membership drive are still coming in, but as of July 30, we have 261 new and renewed FTA members!
This OR show was especially special, as we joined other NST orgs and our federal partners at the National Park Service and Forest Service to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act. As part of this celebration, the FTA co-sponsored a discussion panel that asked the question, “Where would we be without trails?” Spoiler Alert: the answer was, “not far.”
The FTA tabled alongside other organizations including the American Hiking Society, National Parks Foundation, Ice Age Trail Alliance, and our fantastic tabling neighbors, NOLS Wilderness Medicine. You might see a Primus “camp” stove from ~1950 on the FTA’s table. This all-brass piece of vintage expedition equipment was a great conversation starter.
FTA Outreach Table at Outdoor Retailer
A panel of professionals from the for-profit and non-profit worlds consider the question, “Where would we be without trails?”
Panelists from left:
  • Amanda Jameson, Granite Gear Groundskeeper
  • Taldi Walter, Gov’t and Community Affairs Manager, REI
  • Serena Dufault, Trail Inspire, Founder
  • Teresa Martinez, Continental Divide Trail Coalition, Executive Director
  • Luke Kloberdanz, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Director of Philanthropy
  • Brandi Horton, Rails to Trails Conservancy, VP of Communications
  • Panel Moderator, Scott Wilkinson, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Director of Communications and Marketing
Summer 2018 Footprint Magazine
Check out the digital version of our recent Footprint edition!
Special Discount for FTA Members!
20% Discount on Sandra Friend and John Keatley’s The Florida Trail Book to FTA Members Only
We are offering Sandra and John’s FNST book (priced at $50) for $40 to FTA Members
through the FTA Shop. This book is a wonderful resource for all Florida Trail enthusiasts.
“This commemorative retrospective of Florida’s National Scenic Trail shares the stories of those who have played a part in building, maintaining, and experiencing this national treasure, and recounts the paralleling history of the volunteer organization created to develop the trail, the Florida Trail Association.”
For more resources on hiking in Florida, visit https://floridahikes.com/.
Sandra Friend receiving an FTA Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Annual Meeting
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