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February 11, 2018

The Railroad Train Trestle Trail, located on Grove Street in the Kiss-Me-Quick portion of Cedar Key, is now sporting new informative plant identification markers along its .6-mile path. Shiny and, colorful, some three dozen markers, each containing a picture of the plant and a wonderfully terse, botanically accurate, and consummately understandable information marker the hiker will enjoy reading are in place.

The signage effort is the work of Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy, the Cedar Key-based non -profit land trust that manages the Trestle Trail. Blazing the trail to update the more worn, brittle, and faded markers, FNCC Board member Katherine Dunlop and botanist Colette Jacono, Ph.D. repeatedly walked the Trail for the past year photographing the most common, native plants and making decisions about what signage should or should not be included.

Today, Sunday, February 12, Jacono and Dunlop were joined by nature enthusiasts Donna and John Thalacker and fellow FNCC Board members Rick Anthony, Scott Dombrowski, and Mandy Offerle. Armed with clippers and gloves, they erected the new signs, removed old signs, clipped areas around the elected plants to showcase them, and learned many a lesson from the ever-patient and approachable Jacono along the way.

If the reader has not walked the Railroad Trestle Trail, it might well be added to his list of things to do in Cedar Key. The Trail is located on Grove Street in Cedar Key, is a .6 mile, round-trip, easy walk beneath towering pines, beside aromatic cedars, and among dozens of varieties of plants and wildflowers, many of which are identified by explanatory notes.   The Trail is the vestige of the daily passenger and freight train services from Fernandina Beach to Cedar Key. Service to the island gradually decreased until the last train departed from Cedar Key on July 7, 1932. The beautiful Trail remains, carefully tended by Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy.

Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a member of FNCC should come to our annual meeting and/or go to our website www.floridasnaturecoastconservancy.org .  




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