Saturday, September 12, 2015

Apalachicola Nature Trail Ribbon Cutting & Corps Kick-Off

Photo by Abbey Toomer

The Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the recently completed Apalachicola Nature Trail and Conservation Corps kick-off Friday, September 18th, 2015 - 12 Noon at the Kevin Road Trail Head. Lunch will follow.

The Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast is a comprehensive youth development program for young adults 18-25 years of age (veterans up to 29, and summer internships for ages beginning at 16 years old) which provides participants with job training, academic programming, leadership skills, and additional support through a strategy of service that conserves, protects and improves the environment, as well as community resilience.

Photo by Tami Seaman owner of Sand Grain Photography Services

This initiative will accomplish an array of specific habitat restoration projects throughout the region such as invasive species removal, living shoreline installation, oyster reef restoration, water quality monitoring, and pine savanna restoration.

This project is a pilot, funded by the City of Apalachicola to complete the nature trail as the required recreation element for the 700+ acre site which serves as the water reuse system's spray field. The program is supported by the Corps Network, Community Training Works and Franklin's Promise Coalition.