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November 12, 2012

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November 12, 2012

As an avid hiker in the Central Florida area and owner of a website about outdoor recreation in the state, I can't say enough lovely things about the hard work that the Florida Trail Association volunteers do. In many instances, their work is the only reason that some of Florida's best resources are available for public use. And what's more, they do it all without looking for recognition from the rest of us. As you hike down a trail, rarely do you think about who blazed that trail or who's maintaing it, but the Florida Trail Association does - and that makes it possible for us all to enjoy the wonderful state that we live in.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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November 12, 2012

Having been born in Florida 71 years ago I love this state---IN its Natural State! My 4th grandfather moved to Columbia County in 1835-6. He settled on the Very site now known as Falling Creek State Park now in Columbia Co. and sold the property around 1959 to the Rivers Family. We as a family grew up in rural Gilchrist Co., where we fished and hunted along the banks of the Great Suwannee River near Otter Springs State Park! The Florida Scenic Trail and the Florida Trail Association is working to keep the hearts and minds of our friends, visitors and families focased on the Natural Florida that I have loved for a lifetime. I want the same places kept in their Natural wstate for MY posterity. to enjoy for a lifetime also! FTA is doing that. We need all the help and funds we can get to carry on this great program! Thanks, Mitchell E. Sapp

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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November 12, 2012

My young son and I got involved with our local Florida Trail chapter a few years ago. They love having children at their meetings, on hikes, and especially while doing trail work. This organization is so family friendly. There are so many opportunities for families and friends to get together and have fun exercising, and making the community better. As a single mother, they have embraced us like family. We have been on long road trips with them to the mountains. We have gone on long distance hikes with them. We get to see treasures all over Florida because of this group and their welcoming attitude. My son's favorite part is trail work! He feels safe and at home in the woods. He loves getting to use tools and helping out. He really learns a lot from the meetings, too! Being a part of FTA has given my son and I a great escape from the stresses of life, and loads of opportunities to connect with nature, good friends, and share God's awesome creation with others.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 29, 2010

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April 29, 2010

The Florida Trail Association is an outstanding organization on both the state and local level. Volunteers devote many hours to building and maintaining the Florida National Scenic Trail which extends through Florida for more than a thousand miles. We work hard and enjoy being outdoors and working with other members of the organization. I have never been in a volunteer association that works as smoothly as this one. The staff at headquarters actively seeks input from the members and the members are not shy about providing it. In addition to maintaining trails and organizing wilderness activities for members and the public, the association is committed to protecting wilderness in Florida and educating the public about the importance of doing this.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, hard working, and fun to be with.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 16, 2010

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April 16, 2010

Every year I attend work parties that go through and clear out the local Florida Trail so others can hike and enjoy the outdoors. My family enjoys the recreational activities led by the FTA activity leaders which include hiking, kayaking, camping, marshmallow roasts, picnics, and educational opportunities. The people involved in this organization are the BEST!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

keeping me active while helping the organization reach it's goals of a continuous hiking trail throughout the state and gaining a greater knowledge of the outdoors.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting a lot of different people with similar goals and desires to improve the envoronment while offering great companionship.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so dedicated, so willing to help others, the Best of the Best.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

I have been a trail maintainer for the past 25 years. When I lived in the North, I was responsible for 25 miles in a historical national Park. Now I have moved to Florida and joined the Florida Trail Association which build and maintain trails through out Florida. I volunteer with work parties in two chapters as I live on the edge of two chapters. The Florida Trail Association is well managed and provides the glue which brings volunteers, hikers and others together

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

most dedicated in making and maintaining trails for the public to enjoy. The work provides everyone a safe experience in the outdoors with maps and blazes. Every one I have made contact with feel they are keepers of the environment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 14, 2010

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April 14, 2010

As a member since the 1990's in 3 different chapters, I've really enjoyed the volunteering, programs, Hiking Festival, and fellowship. We've hiked, kayaked, manned booths at Birding Festivals, attended chapter programs, and cleared brush from trails.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The #1 hiking trails in the US.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have 6 chapter meetings a year, for all the state chapters. This is an outdated, pre-internet requirement to hold monthly meetings.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Hiking and kayaking on day-trips with wonderful members.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Phenomenal people across the state!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hire a lot of worthy educators, trail maintainers and designers, and have incredible off-road trails near every city.

Ways to make it better...

monthly chapter meetings were at night.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money & land ownership. Website needs to be more interactive and make it easier to find upcoming activities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Footprint magazine is terrific. I enjoy sharing it with other conservationists.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 14, 2010

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April 14, 2010

Not every state has a national scenic trail traversing it. The Florida National Scenic Trail allows you to come in contact with a vast array of differet types of eco systems as you venture on the trail. Chapters across the state made up of volunteers maintain the trail to insure a pleasureable experience for all. Find a section and do a mile or through hike the whole trail you won't be disappointed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the ability to hike on a great trail.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

create a great marketing program in and out of state. Provide guided backpacking trips.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their enduring desire to protect, manage and maintain the Florida Natrional Scenic Trail.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, enthusiastic, and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

become the best trail organization in America.

Ways to make it better...

the organization was able to aquire all of the land it needed to successfully connect all of the trail sections.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the ability to increase funding to creat a better education and marketing program.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they are the only non profit organization in Florida that supports the Florida National Scenic Trail.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 14, 2010

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April 14, 2010

The staff and volunteers have done a tremendous job creating and maintaining this National Scenic Trail. It just keeps getting better.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my hikes on the Florida Trail.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to get more money for them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the great people!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the best there is.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy land to get the Trail off the places where it's now on roads.

Ways to make it better...

We had more volunteers out there clipping brush and painting blazes.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

MONEY.

One thing I'd also say is that...

everyone should be a volunteer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 13, 2010

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April 13, 2010

The Florida Trail Association is a grassroots driven organization working to create a statewide hiking trail that protects the best of the REAL Florida for future generations. Members are gracious, hard working, and a pleasure to be around. Thanks to volunteer commitment the organization is affordable.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

building and maintaining hiking trails, participating in programs in the local chapter and at the state conference.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

..working with wonderful people in an outdoors environment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Good people committed to a simple vision of a statewide hiking trail, open to everyone, that reflects the best in natural Florida.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Improve public outreach to reach more citizens, provide more healthful service and services for youth, close gaps in the Florida Trail, help make the trail safer for all users. It would make the organization independent, more self sufficient.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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