Through the efforts of Lower Suwannee Friends Mac Cox, Jay Bushnell, Tom Deverin, Ed DeHaan, Jim Decker, Law Fotterall, John Thalacker and Refuge forester Daniel Barrand, additional posts and signs identifying trees and other vegetation were added to the River Trail April 10th. There are now forty two signs installed to help visitors identify plants on the one mile River Trail loop.
According to John Thalacker, project manager for the Friends, the signage project started in 2010 with the first engraved plastic signs being put on four by four posts. “We’ve tweaked the way we install them a bit, but the signs have held up very well” he said. Hopefully other people will notice plants or trees that could be added to those present and report their location to the Refuge office.
The next step for volunteers will be to cover the many cypress knees and other tree roots in the trail with crushed limestone. Eventually plans are for the trail to become handicap accessible.
The River Trail is located off county 347, about 5 miles south of Fowlers Bluff at the same turn off as to Refuge Headquarters.