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Dangerous flood conditions on the Florida Trail

Due to massive rainfall in southern Georgia, the Suwannee and Econfina Rivers are flooding their banks in North Florida, swamping the Florida Trail under several feet of swift-moving water. Hikers are advised to avoid the Florida Trail along the Suwannee River between Deep Creek in Osceola National Forest and St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in [...]

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Apalachicola National Forest Begins Prescribed Fire Season Oct. 1

Tallahassee, FL – Residents and passersby may see some smoke in the air beginning Oct. 1 when the U.S. Forest Service starts its prescribed fire season of approximately 100,000 acres in the Apalachicola National Forest to prevent wildfires and promote a healthy forest for plants and animals.
Prescribed fire plays an integral part in reducing [...]

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Be Bear Aware — U.S. Forest Service Implements Food Storage Policy

To prevent bears and other wildlife from becoming problems at popular recreation areas in the Ocala, Osceola and Apalachicola National Forests, the U.S. Forest Service recently implemented a forest-wide Food Storage policy requiring proper storage and disposal of food, garbage and other attractants.

(Video courtesy of mtozier)
“Public safety is a high priority for the U.S. Forest [...]

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101 Critical Days of Summer Tips — Be Safe During Your Forest Adventures

The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for your trip. Knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, limitations of your body, plus a little common sense can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Always exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings.

Travel with a companion. You don’t want to be [...]

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