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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closes portions of Lake O Scenic Trail & Boat Ramp:
    The USACE will close additional portions of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) as rehabilitation continues on the Herbert Hoover Dike, the earthen structure surrounding the lake. The trail and boat ramp are expected to be closed for the duration of construction, currently estimated to last about 18 months as of April 11, 2014. In addition to these new closures, the trail remains closed in various locations between Moore Haven and South Bay on the south side of the lake, and between Canal Point and Port Mayaca on the east side. More information on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail and a map of current closures can be found at the LOST website:


  • Florida Trail Association (FTA) - Statewide Membership Campaign -  Through April 26th
    Join in the fun! FTA is setting a goal to recruit 100 new members in 6 weeks. The state-wide membership campaign is happening!!! Don't delay - join today. For questions or more information email Eve Barbour at Eve828@netzero.net


  • The Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) needs your assistance! We would like to help citizens and visitors to Florida stay informed and involved in the numerous projects and events occurring regularly on greenways and trails throughout our state.

    Promoting the economic, health, transportation, recreation and conservation benefits of greenways and trails, as well as providing information to the public about where these opportunities exist, is vital to the success of the Florida Greenways and Trails System.

    OGT is asking you to please consider sharing your greenways and trails success stories, upcoming events and calendar announcements. In turn, the information offered may be featured in the Office of Greenways and Trails quarterly Newsletter, Connections, or listed on our community calendar below...
    Click here for additional information.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

APRIL 2014 - EARTH MONTH

  • Wakulla Wildlife Festival - April 19th, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park


  • Earth Day - April 22nd
    44th Anniversary of Earth Day


  • Earth Day Celebration, Florida Caverns State Park - April 26th,  9am-3pm
    The Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Caverns State Park will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration. Join us for a day of exploration and enviromental awareness with displays and activities to include reptile interpretation, wildflower walks, native animal exhibit and interpretive hikes on native flora and fauna. This event will host an array of activities for the whole family in the beautiful natural setting of Florida Caverns State Park. Free with Park admission.


  • Carnivorous Plant Hike Backcountry Guided Tour - April 30th, 8–11:00am
    Faver-Dykes State Park
    1000 Faver-Dykes Rd.
    St. Augustine, FL 32086

    The Friends of Washington Oaks and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Faver-Dykes State Park invite you to RSVP for the opportunity to observe and photograph several species of carnivorous plants, including the Hooded Pitcher Plant, on a vigorous hike through the back property.

    Florida Park Ranger, Celena Chalkley, and Park Service Specialist, Mike Orlando, will lead a three mile informative hike traversing through several unique habitats which are home to many native plants and animals including several species of carnivorous plants. This is also a great opportunity to see the different resource management techniques the park service uses.

    This program will take place from 8:00 - 11:00 am and will be $10 donation, to the Friends, which includes the regular park admission fee. This three hour program will meet at the second gate off of US1 just north of the main entrance to Faver-Dykes State Park. For complete details and more information contact Melissa Clauson at (386) 446-6783 or email Melissa.Clauson@dep.state.fl.us. or visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.


MAY 2014 - NATIONAL BIKE MONTH

National Bike to School Day - May 7th  (last year Florida was in the top five nationwide for events)

• Bike to Work Week - May 12th -16th
 
• Bike to Work Day - May 16th

  • The St. Johns River to Sea Loop Tour -  Registration Opens May 2014
    A Bike Florida Boutique Tour - Nov 9th - 15th


  • Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
    • On the 1st Saturday of every month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., visitors can learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula during a guided cultural hike. Find out about the peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history, including how native peoples used estuarine resources, what European plantation life was like and current efforts to learn about and save these resources.
     
    • On the 2nd Saturday of every month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., 1.5 mile guided hike.

    Meet at the GTM Research Reserve's Trailhead Pavilion located west of the Guana Dam (restrooms and water fountain are located at Trailhead Pavilion) – for a map click here GTM Research Reserve Trailhead Pavilion. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. There is a $3 per vehicle parking fee. Please RSVP online or by calling (904) 823-4500.


  • Tallahassee/Leon County Bike Week 2014 – May 3rd -10th
    Several events and activities are scheduled during Bike Week 2014 to promote and facilitate bicycling and/or healthy living in our community, culminating with the 2014 Celebrate Cycling Bike Festival on Saturday, May 10th, in Tallahassee’s beautiful new Cascades Park. You are invited to participate and/or exhibit at the Bike Festival. To reserve an exhibition space, simply complete the form and return it no later than Wednesday, April 30th. Then come out and join the events and help make this year's events a success!


  • 2014 National Outdoor Recreation Conference - San Francisco, Calif., May 13th - 16th


  • WEBINAR:  "Having It All: Integrating Habitat and Trails" - May 15th, 1-2:30pm
     
    American Trails presents this webinar on strategies to include wildlife habitat throughout the trail planning process. Attendees will learn about:
    •The particular needs of urban wildlife
    •Inspiring success stories of trails that improve cities for both people and wildlife
    •How the regulatory permit process doesn't always go far enough in protecting wildlife
    •Examples of how trails can either harm or potentially benefit wildlife

    Recent decades have brought increased interest in building trails in urban areas that connect people to work and play. In the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area, this has sometimes put trail and wildlife advocates at odds. Presenters Robert Spurlock and Elaine Stewart of Metro (the Portland, Oregon metropolitan planning agency) will discuss the collaboration and deliberate inclusion of wildlife habitat throughout the trail planning process. Learn more about this webinar and the presenters and how to register HERE.

  • Jacksonville's River City Challenge - May 17th , All Day
    Jacksonville's annual environmental, music festival and paddle sports race. Come out and enjoy a day chock full of FREE family-friendly entertainment featuring national recording artists, an interactive KidZone, vendor market, our extensive Eco Village, awesome local food from a variety of Jacksonville food trucks, and tasty libations! Following the 6-Mile race on the St. Johns River, we are proud to present an Outdoors Expo which will bring together the nation’s top manufacturers to showcase their product lines. This segment will also feature a variety of workshops and demonstrations throughout the day. Details at www.rivercitychallenge.org.


  • Celebrate Florida’s Circumnavigation Paddling Trail - May 17th, 4-6 p.m.
    Mark your calendars to meet an elite group of paddlers at the first annual Circumnavigation Trail (CT) Paddlers’ Reunion at Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, Saturday 4 p.m., May 17, 2014. We will hold a forum for the public to share stunning photography and tall tales that highlight this outstanding 1,515-mile coastal paddling trail. Beginning at Big Lagoon State Park near Alabama, the CT embraces Florida’s coastline and meanders through the Keys, ending at Ft. Clinch State Park near Georgia. Have you ever considered paddling a short segment of the CT or want to learn more about this unique long-distance trail opportunity? This is your chance to learn from the pros and plan your own adventure; either a weekend exploration or tackle it over a period of months for an unforgettable lifetime experience. The paddlers who accept the challenges of the Circumnavigation Trail are one-of-a kind adventurers with stories you won’t want to miss! Contact Office of Greenways and Trails Paddling Coordinator, Liz Sparks at (850) 245-2052 for more details.

JUNE 2014

  • Funding Innovative Facilities Webinar - June 17th 
    City officials and advocates are eager to build new separated bicycling facilities and other innovative projects, but it is a challenge to pay for them. This webinar will share examples of how real cities are paying for real projects, including local, state, and federal sources. Click here to register.


  • WEBINAR:  "Applying Foundations of Mountain Trail Sustainability to a Trail Network" - June 26th, 1-2:30pm
    American Trails presents this webinar which is the first of a series of three on Sustainable Mountain Trails*. The presenter, Hugh Duffy with the National Park Service, will show you how to apply these principles to a trail network "One Trail at a Time, One Mile at a Time." The course includes Tools and Techniques, Examples, and Case Studies of mountain trail sustainability.

    "It Can Be Done, You Can Do It!" - Learning Objectives:
    •Professional landscape architectural and land management agency ethics that inform modern mountain trail sustainability by minimizing impacts to natural resources
    •Books and documents that have inspired and influenced environmental ethics and mountain trail sustainability
    •The paramount and subordinate landscape architectural criteria which influence mountain trail sustainability on the ground
    •Techniques of the application of mountain trail sustainability on the ground
    •Successful tools and techniques, examples and case studies will be employed to give insight into keys of mountain trail sustainability

    *Each webinar in this series is independent of each other and can be attended individually. These webinars are applicable to all natural surface and soft surface trail systems. Please see the following link to the presenter's hallmark document: Guide to Sustainable Mountain Trails - Trail Assessment, Planning & Design Sketchbook, 2007 edition. Learn more about this webinar, the entire series, and the presenter, as well as how to register HERE.

JULY 2014

  • Florida Greenways and Trails Public Meeting
    DATES AND TIMES: July 22, 2014, 1:00p.m.
    PLACE:  Conference Room A, Douglas Building, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000

    DATES AND TIMES: July 23, 2014, 9:00a.m.
    PLACE:  Conference Room 170, Carr Building, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 3800 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000

AUGUST 2014

 

SEPTEMBER 2014 - NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS MONTH

OCTOBER 2014

  • 2014 Central Florida Nature Fest Outdoor and Photography Festival - Auburndale, FL, October 23rd - 26th
    Lake Myrtle Sports Park

    This event offers something for everyone, and the unlimited beauty of nature is yours to discover. Participate in activities including birding, hiking, kayaking, butterfly and wildflower viewing, nature photography and air boat tours. This nature weekend is packed with excursions led by area wildlife experts who have years of knowledge and passion about their fields of expertise. You’ll have exclusive access to some of Central Florida’s premier nature parks and reserves. For registration details and more information visit their website today.


  • Share the Road - Celebration of Cycling - Deland, FL, October 25th - 27th
    The Celebration of Cycling is jointly sponsored by Bike Florida and the Florida Bicycle Association. Join them for one or more days of great learning opportunities, great rides and a chance to meet state and local cycling representatives. For a schedule of events, complete route details, directions, registration information and more click here. For other questions related to this event please contact Ken Foster at ken@bikeflorida.org.

NOVEMBER 2014

   
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