Florida Trail Association

Remembering Chuck Russakov

Charles (Chuck) M. Russakov
Central Florida & Highlanders Chapter: Trail Maintainer, Activity Leader

Remembering Chuck
by Bobbi Keenan

A math teacher and a former assistant and head coach in the sports of soccer and football in Miami-Dade and Seminole counties, Chuck began helping with trail maintenance for the Highlanders Chapter of the Florida Trail Association in 2002 while also volunteering for the Central Chapter.  With the Highlanders Chapter he logged over 320 hours of trail maintenance. Chuck volunteered to become a section leader in the Ocala National Forest and led many recreational activities, camping trips, and paddle trips.  He was a lead hiker for the Central Chapter’s Winter Wednesday Hiking Series. He spoke often of his grandchildren.  One of his great pleasures was introducing them to the “wilds” of Florida and taking them camping at Fort Wilderness/Disney World.