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Historic Ceremony To Honor The First Blaze On The Florida National Scenic Trail

Footprint Magazine, Fall 2016

Fall 16 FootprintsThe Florida Trail Association (FTA) and the US Forest Service held a historic ceremony to dedicate a new Florida Heritage Site Marker, and to honor the creation of the Florida Trail. This public ceremony was held on Saturday, October 29, 11am (EST) at the Clearwater Lake Recreation Area trailhead. The ceremony began with an introduction and reading of the heritage site marker by Carlos Schomaker, President of the FTA Board of Directors. The ceremony also included reflections from Jim Kern, founder of the FTA, remarks from the US Forest Service and a ceremonial blazing of the trail. The event was immediately followed by a hike, led by the Florida Trail Association volunteers from the Highlanders Chapter. A hearty thank you to all of the volunteers and members who contributed to the installation of this Historical Marker. Great work!

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