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The National Forests in Florida
The National Forests in Florida, as land managers and administrators of the Florida National Scenic Trail, and Framing Our Community are working together to address the assessment and inventory of back country infrastructure needs, maintenance and replacement. Framing Our Community through its existing programs seeks to provide job and skill training while affecting infrastructure work on public lands.
The objectives of this program are to serve the public and resources entrusted to the National Forests in Florida by preserving traditional skills in the repair and construction of backcountry infrastructure, by increasing public engagement in the preservation of natural, historical and cultural resources on public lands and by providing job and skill training to staff, volunteers and FOC trainees while completing a backlog of infrastructure projects on Forest System lands in the National Forests in Florida and along the Florida National Scenic Trail.
The purpose of this partnership is to complete inventory, assess, maintain, design, and build structures within the National Forests in Florida and along the Florida National Scenic Trail through the systematic creation of experiential training experiences and the attainment of new skills while completing hands-on infrastructure projects and related trainings.
Florida National Scenic Trail stretches 1,400 miles across Florida, from Gulf Islands National Seashore to Big Cypress National Preserve. The southernmost sections of the trail lie within the national preserve.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) may best be described as a small agency with a big mission: To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. It administers more public land – over 245 million surface acres – than any other Federal agency in the United States. Most of this land is located in the 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also manages 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.
Framing Our Community will join the Wakulla Environmental Institute in developing certificated programs and workshops that teach the next generation of land managers and construction professionals the art of developing and maintaining recreational trails, Wilderness First Aid, and alternative energy. Instruction will follow FOC’s pattern of experiential learning, both in the classroom and out on the WEI campus and on the Florida National Scenic Trail. FOC’s Florida operations will be based at WEI’s 158 acre site off Rte. 319, Crawfordville, FL.
Wakulla Environmental Institute’s vision is to make Wakulla County a world-class destination that brings together education, conservation and recreation in a manner that stimulates economic development in an environmentally responsible way.
Education: The Wakulla Environmental Institute (WEI) educates the next generation of environmental professionals through training in:
- Environmental science technology
- Water quality
- Hospitality and eco-tourism management
- Forest and land conservation
WEI understands the importance of preserving natural resources. Through responsible land management techniques and conscientious stewardship, we seek to protect Wakulla County and the entire Panhandle region. From the sinks and springs to the beautiful beaches, Wakulla has a lot to offer. WEI is proud to be situated at the heart of one of the most ecologically diverse places in the country. Our pride in Wakulla County shows in our desire to make this a world-class destination. For further information about WEI go to https://www.tcc.fl.edu/Current/Academics/WEI.
Past Project Partners Include:
Bureau of Land Management – Cottonwood Field Office
Idaho Department of Commerce
Idaho Department of Labor
Idaho Department of Lands
Nez Perce National Forest
Nez Perce Tribe
Clearwater Basin Collaborative
Clearwater Resource Conservation & Development Council
(Clearwater RC&D Council)
Northwest Area Foundation
Sterling Savings Bank
UCCF – Upper Clearwater Community Foundation
P.O. Box 73
Kamiah, ID 83536