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201602 February Activity Calendar

FEBRUARY 2016

 Monday, February 8 –  8:30 am  Trail Maintenance for Prairie Pines Preserve, 18400 North Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, FL.  FTA members only.  Moderate activity level.  Skills – A positive attitude and a willingness to work!  We will be assisting the preserve staff to maintain their trail system.  What to bring – I recommend wearing sturdy shoes, long sleeves and long pants that you don’t mind getting dirty.  Please bring sun protection, drinking water, snacks/lunch, gloves if you have them, and anything else you might need while working in the woods.  Limit – 10 attendees.  RSVP to Mickey 239-229-0522 or mmiller2@leegov.com

Sunday, February 14 - 9 am  Trail Maintenance in Fakahatchee State Preserve, 137 Coast Line Dr., Copeland, FL.  FTA members only.  Strenuous activity level.  Description: Trail Maintenance  on a 1.5 mile link trail from Gate 18 in the Fakahatchee State Preserve. We will be trimming brush with loppers, pruners and small hand saws.

     Meet at the Ranger Station by 9:00: We would like to be organized to drive out to gate 18 by 9:00 as a caravan, so please arrive a bit earlier.  There are bathrooms at the Visitor Center Parking/Ranger Station/Forestry Tower – See the Fak map on the link below.

    What to wear/bring:

- We will supply pruners, loppers, gloves and some saws.  Please bring your own if you have them marked with your ID so that we have plenty of equipment to go around.

- Wear long pants and sleeves with a hat.

- Bring plenty of water, lunch, sunscreen, snacks, insect repellent.  There is poison ivy here and there in some areas.  You may be exposed.  If this is an issue for you, bring a wash like Tecnu Poison Ivy Scrub.  You can wash off at the end of the day at the bathroom. (I am allergic but have never come down with it from this work.)

     Driving Logistics from the Ranger Station to Gate 18, 10 miles  1 hour:

Jane’s Memorial Scenic Drive is rough with wide pot holes for several miles.  It takes an hour to reach the trail head (Gate 18) from the ranger station.

We will be carpooling in a caravan in higher clearance vehicles.

RSPV:

Everyone, please RSPV to Debra 978-732-6336 or debraotaylor@comcast.net   by the Friday before the event at the latest with the following information if you are planning to participate:

1).     For the car spot, can you drive 10 miles on Jane’s Scenic Drive from the ranger station – if yes, what vehicle and number you can carry. 

2).    Are you bringing your own loppers, gloves or other favorite trail clearing tool (no machetes please).

Directions to the Ranger Station 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, Fl. 34137 :

http://www.floridastateparks.org/fakahatcheestrand/

 Post Maintenance at Camellia Street Grill , 202 Camellia St, Everglades City, FL 34139 , and/or City Seafood very near by on Begonia Street  http://www.cityseafood1.com/menu.html

We like to go to Camellia’s après maintenance.  It’s 6 miles further south in Everglades City.  Full menu, bottled beer and wine, on the Barron River in town. Camellias ‘may’ not be open between 3-5. We will call them from the Ranger Station.  Depending, we may have refreshment at City Seafood instead.

Saturday, February 20 - 9 am  Trail Maintenance in Fakahatchee State Preserve, 137 Coast Line Dr., Copeland, FL.  FTA members only.  Strenuous activity level.  Description: Trail Maintenance  on a 1.5 mile link trail from Gate 18 in the Fakahatchee State Preserve. We will be trimming brush with loppers, pruners and small hand saws.

     Meet at the Ranger Station by 9:00We would like to be organized to drive out to gate 18 by 9:00 as a caravan, so please arrive a bit earlier.  There are bathrooms at the Visitor Center Parking/Ranger Station/Forestry Tower – See the Fak map on the link below.

    What to wear/bring:

- We will supply pruners, loppers, gloves and some saws.  Please bring your own if you have them marked with your ID so that we have plenty of equipment to go around.

- Wear long pants and sleeves with a hat.

- Bring plenty of water, lunch, sunscreen, snacks, insect repellent.  There is poison ivy here and there in some areas.  You may be exposed.  If this is an issue for you, bring a wash like Tecnu Poison Ivy Scrub.  You can wash off at the end of the day at the bathroom. (I am allergic but have never come down with it from this work.)

     Driving Logistics from the Ranger Station to Gate 18, 10 miles  1 hour:

Jane’s Memorial Scenic Drive is rough with wide pot holes for several miles.  It takes an hour to reach the trail head (Gate 18) from the ranger station.

We will be carpooling in a caravan in higher clearance vehicles.

RSPV:

Everyone, please RSPV to Debra 978-732-6336 or debraotaylor@comcast.net   by the Friday before the event at the latest with the following information if you are planning to participate:

1).     For the car spot, can you drive 10 miles on Jane’s Scenic Drive from the ranger station – if yes, what vehicle and number you can carry. 

2).    Are you bringing your own loppers, gloves or other favorite trail clearing tool (no machetes please).

Directions to the Ranger Station 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, Fl. 34137 :

http://www.floridastateparks.org/fakahatcheestrand/

 Post Maintenance at Camellia Street Grill , 202 Camellia St, Everglades City, FL 34139 , and/or City Seafood very near by on Begonia Street  http://www.cityseafood1.com/menu.html

We like to go to Camellia’s après maintenance.  It’s 6 miles further south in Everglades City.  Full menu, bottled beer and wine, on the Barron River in town. Camellias ‘may’ not be open between 3-5. We will call them from the Ranger Station.  Depending, we may have refreshment at City Seafood instead.

Saturday, February 27, 9 am – 12 noon, Hike at Sabal Palm.  The trailhead is 3.2 miles East of Collier Blvd (CR-951) on Sabal Palm Road in Picayune Strand State Forest.  Look for the trailhead sign on the right.  Lat-Long: 26.095287, -81.634100.  Hike 4.2 miles through flat pinewoods with cypress trees in areas that are in a slightly lower elevation.  The trail will pass by a colony of endangered red cockaded woodpecker nests.  Portions of the trail may be wet so hikers should be prepared to wade up to 12 inches in places.  Wear old tennis shoes or hiking boots. Bring one liter of water, a light lunch or snack, bug spray, sunscreen and a change of dry socks and shoes in your car for the ride home.  Optional:  Hiking stick and binoculars.  Public invited.  Limit: 12 people.  Moderate activity level.  RSVP Carl 239-253-4255 email: carl@tenthousandislands.net   or Alex 289-9751 email: AlexandraSulecki@Colliergov.net

 

201603 March Activity Calendar

March 2016

Monday, March 14, 8:30 am  Trail Maintenance for Prairie Pines Preserve, 18400 North Tamiami Trail, North Ft Myers, FL 33903.  FTA Members only.  Moderate activity level.  Have a positive attitude and a willingness to work.  We will be assisting the preserve staff to maintain their trail system.  I recommend wearing sturdy shoes, long sleeves and long pants that you don’t mind getting dirty.  Bring sun protection, drinking water, snacks/lunch, gloves if you have them and anything else you might need while working in the woods.  Limit: 10 people.  RSVP: Mickey 239-229-0522  mmiller2@leegov.com

Saturday, March 19, 9 am Hike Estero Bay Preserve State Park, 4940 West Broadway, Estero, FL  off US 41 in Estero.  Leisure 2 1/2 to 3 mile walk through scrub and salt marsh viewing gopher tortoise’s, mangroves, fiddler crabs and flowers:  bring water, sunscreen, hat and an extra pair of shoes to change into after the walk as we will be traversing some water and mud. Please arrive 15 minutes early, departure at 9 am. RSVP: JoAnn   phone 239-495-7644  email  joannl1960@yahoo.com or Sharon  239-357-4418  sharonsuhar@yahoo.com

201606 June Activity Calendar

JUNE 2016

Saturday, June 4, 9 am, Hike Estero Bay Preserve State Park, 4940 West Broadway, Estero, FL off US 41 in Estero. Leisure 2 1/2 to 3 mile walk through scrub and salt marsh viewing gopher tortoise’s, mangroves, fiddler crabs and flowers:  bring water, sunscreen, hat and an extra pair of shoes to change into after the walk as we will be traversing some water and mud. Please arrive 15 minutes early, departure at 9 am.  RSVP JoAnn  phone 239-495-7644  email  joannl1960@yahoo.com  or Sharon Suhar  239-357-4418  sharonsuhar@yahoo.com

201610 October Activity Calendar

OCTOBER 2016                                                          

Sunday, October 23,  9am, Hike Estero Bay Preserve State Park, 4940 West Broadway, Estero, FL  off US 41 in Estero.   Leisure 2 1/2 to 3 mile walk through scrub and salt marsh viewing gopher tortoise’s, mangroves, fiddler crabs and flowers:  bring water, sunscreen, hat and an extra pair of shoes to change into after the walk as we will be traversing some water and mud. Please arrive 15 minutes early, departure at 9 am.  RSVP JoAnn  phone 239-495-7644  email  joannl1960@yahoo.com  or Sharon Suhar  239-357-4418  sharonsuhar@yahoo.com

201701 January Activity Calendar

JANUARY 2017

Sunday, January 8, 9 am, Hike Estero Bay Preserve State Park, 4940 West Broadway, Estero, Fl  off US 41 in Estero.  Leisure 2 1/2 to 3 mile walk through scrub and salt marsh viewing gopher tortoise’s, mangroves, fiddler crabs and flowers:  bring water, sunscreen, hat and an extra pair of shoes to change into after the walk as we will be traversing some water and mud. Please arrive 15 minutes early, departure at 9 am.  RSVP JoAnn phone 239-495-7644  email  joannl1960@yahoo.com  or Sharon  239-357-4418  sharonsuhar@yahoo.com