The Florida Trail Association (FTA) is a partner to the USDA Forest Service in managing volunteers and coordinating stewardship efforts on the Florida National Scenic Trail.
Incorporated in 1964, the Florida Trail Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer organization that helps build, maintain, protect, and promote the 1,000-mile Florida National Scenic Trail.
With 18 local chapters, the Florida Trail Association provides educational opportunities for people to learn to appreciate and conserve the natural beauty of Florida, as well as recreational opportunities for hiking and camping. For more information on the Florida Trail Association or to volunteer on the Florida National Scenic Trail you can visit the FTA website.
This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is between the US Forest Service, federal administrators of the Florida National Scenic Trail, and the Florida Trail Association, Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the FNST and other hiking trails throughout the state of Florida. This MOU is intended to document the partners shared commitment to: facilitate the improvement, management, operation and protection of the FNST; facilitate the coordination, development and distribution of educational and interpretive material related to the FNST; encourage and manage volunteer involvement in the FNST; recognize FTA as the Forest Service's primary partner in the management and operation of the FNST; and document the agreement to coordinate the management and operation of the FNST.
This Challenge Cost Share Agreement (CCSA) between the US Forest Service and the Florida Trail Association builds upon the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), establishing a shared program of work to accomplish mutually beneficial objectives related to the overall management and maintenance of the FNST.