A New Vision for the Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS) ... 2018-2022 Plan and Maps Update
The Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) is updating its five-year plan along with the statewide opportunity and priority trail maps. Many trails are eligible for certain types of funding if they are on one or both maps.
As part of the update, OGT held 14 public workshops from September through early December of 2017 throughout the state to receive input from trail users, local planners and the public. OGT also received hundreds of e-mails and letters by the December 15 deadline. The input will help to shape the direction of trails for years to come! The final draft of the plan and maps will be brought before the Florida Greenways and Trails Council at their January 11 meeting in Tallahassee.
The FGTS Plan establishes the vision for implementing a connected statewide system of greenways and trails for recreation, conservation, alternative transportation, healthy lifestyles, a vibrant economy and a high quality of life. The original FGTS Plan was completed in 1998 and adopted by the Florida Legislature in 1999, laying the groundwork for many programs, projects and initiatives that exist today. The FGTS Plan and Priority Maps were last updated in 2012 and the visioning maps (Opportunity Maps) updated in 2015. The updated FGTS Plan and maps will guide implementation of the connected statewide trail system from 2018 through 2022.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.