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Greetings, Southwest Florida outdoor enthusiasts!

I want to remind you of this Thursday’s local Florida Trail Association meeting and the state wide Florida Trail Association meeting in May in Gainesville.

This Thursday, April 20,  we will hold our regular

Monthly Alligator Amblers Chapter of the Florida Trail Association meeting.   Social: 6:30 PM    Meeting 7:00 PM   New Meeting Location:  Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34110.  Dexter Sowell, a biological scientist with the Florida Forest Service, will talk about the recent Picayune Strand State Forest wildfire including the short and long term impact on wildlife and vegetation there.  We conducted both bicycle trips and hikes in the Picayune in 2016 and 2017 before the fire so this should be very interesting.  We will also review some past events and talk about upcoming events.

The statewide annual Florida Trail Association meeting will be held this year on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 9 AM at YMCA Camp McConnell, 210 SE 134 Avenue, Micanopy, Florida.

At the meeting, you will  hear about the impact of FTA’s volunteers, staff, partners, and supporters this year on the Florida Trail.  If you are a paid member of the Florida Trail Association, you will be able to vote for candidates for Director and Officer positions on the Board of Directors.  You must be present to vote.

Micanopy is just south of Gainesville, Florida. It is also a great location to do some bicycling and sightseeing in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. A limited number of rooms will be available at the Wyndham Garden Gainesville (formerly The Paramount) at $89.00 per room plus tax. You must indicate that you want the FTA rate when you make the reservation.

http://www.wyndhamgardengnv.com

Campsites are also available at Paynes Prairie State Park.

https://floridastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/paynes-prairie-sp/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=FL&parkId=281092

If you can, please make arrangements to attend this event.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting Thursday!

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Michael Owens, Technology Lead - nechochwin@docowens.net