I know it is still summer and we still have the whole month of August to get through, but I’m thinking ahead, and so should you. The 2014 Forum on Outdoor Recreation, which is September 12-13, is being held for the first time in the Big Bend area in Crawfordville, Florida at the TCC- Wakulla Center, and is less than 6 weeks away!
The first day (September 12th) will consist of the Annual Florida Outdoor Recreation Summit. This year's theme is “Water-Land-Recreation” and we are putting the spotlight on recreation resources (which includes trails!). This is really an important summit as it comes right before the November 4th election that will decide a constitutional amendment to secure dedicated funds for the acquisition and management of public lands. A final draft of the Summit agenda is on line when you click to the registration page for the summit.
We are also excited to announce our key note speaker for this year's summit! A man who is no stranger to the folks in the Big Bend area, Senator Bill Montford will speak during our luncheon (which is being catered by Posey’s Seafood Restaurant and is included in your registration fee!). Senator Montford is a strong advocate for the outdoors and has represented the Big Bend counties since 2010. He is currently the chair of the Agricultural Committee and Vice Chair of the Appropriation Subcommittee on education. He is also the CEO for the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.
Day two (September 13th) of the forum will consist of the Annual Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) Symposium. The title of this year’s symposium is State of the Trail: Completion of the Trail. Anyone who has or still volunteers on the FNST or is actively involved in the management of lands where this unique trail system runs should plan to attend. A draft agenda of the symposium can also be found by clicking onto the registration page for the symposium. The FNST Symposium is a free event with lunch provided. However you still need to go online and register.
Right now registrations are starting to come in so don’t delay any longer. We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 Florida Outdoor Recreation Summit and the 2014 FNST Symposium!