Cabin and Bathroom
—Docents have been in the cabin an average of 5 days per week, meeting an average of 10-12 visitors on weekdays, and 20+ on weekends.
—They provide free maps and free water, advice on trail conditions, destinations and duration as well as flora, fauna, history, camping, paddling, and biking opportunities.
—They also reported and monitored a bat colony and rodent infestation and provided a bat house option on the perimeter of the wetland.
—A new vacuum helped keep the floors and cabinets swept.
—They also washed windows and cleaned glass surfaces.
—When staff replaced the AC ductwork, volunteers disposed of a leaking case of maple syrup stored in the attic.
—Volunteers reported the gray water tank leaking onto the basement floor.
—They helped monitor the black water tank and reported the malfunctioning water supply.
—Volunteers also reported general conditions, supply shortages
—They helped prepare the bathroom for pressure washing by sweeping down cobwebs.
Markers, Signs and Kiosks
—Volunteers reported missing or damaged trail markers.
—Ten+ “Named Trail” signs with routed lettering were removed/replaced and repainted by hand after staff pressure washed them.
—Metal signs informational and the two entrance signs were scrubbed to remove mold and dirt. —Volunteers prepared a template and repainted the routed arrows after staff replaced a routed trail marker.
—The tops of security posts on entrance/exit roads were painted (white) for better visibility.
—Traffic stops were repainted (yellow and blue) in main parking lot.
—Funded by Friends of the Carlton, volunteers constructed and placed a dozen “You Are Here” map kiosks at remote locations.
—All the map kiosks were scrubbed.
—The kiosk in the main parking lot was reframed with wood.
—The 6 sided kiosks in front of the cabin (funded by Friends of the Carlton) was cleaned, re-padded and refilled with freshly laminated posters and maps.and parking stops being
—Hog damage was rake-smoothed on portions of the loop trails as well as in front of the cabin.
—Volunteers helped staff remove charred brush from paver block and loop trails after the wildfire.
—They used a rolling magnet to pick up screws and nails that were causing bike tire flats where a footbridge had burned.
—Volunteers used rocks to bolster culvert north of the cabin.
—GPSed, inspected and informed staff of bench and table locations for disposal, repair, pressure washing
—GPSed and reported instances of culvert collapse, compromised gates, fencing and other hazards.
—Volunteers helped exhibitors set up chairs and tables.
—They assisted with parking.
—Greeted, counted, and directed visitors and provided visitor feedback to staff after the event.
—Provided narration on the hayride (hay wagon purchased by Friends of the Carlton).
—Manned an information booth with maps and information
—Assisted in the “knockdown” at the end of the day.
—Provided a photographer and posted 135 event photos on the website.s
—Volunteers continued to gather and sequester endangered bromeliads from weevils in cages (funded by Friends of the Carlton)
—Placed seeds, seedlings and fallen plants in protected locations.
—Shared seeds for germination and storage by researchers at Selby Gardens.
—Posted on iNaturalist instances of weevil infestation.
—Photographed and geo-located for staff over 30 locations of cogon grass, pepper tree, melaleuca and lygodium to be treated.
—Shared trail camera information with feral hog program staff member from the U.S.D.A.
Flora and Fauna
—Maintained and shared on websites trail camera pictures of wildlife (website and cameras funded by Friends of the Carlton).
—Shared pictures of wildflowers currently in bloom, with common and botanical names.
—Posted on iNaturalist unusual or endangered species such as a night blooming water lily.
—Assisted resource protection by reporting poachers and collectors.
Wild and Scenic River
—Helped monitor border along the Myakka River for undesignated camping, illegal hunting, chainsawing of trees, illegal collection and poaching.
—Assisted law enforcement with time, best access path and exact location—(multiple campers were directed to bag their garbage for removal by staff).
—Cleaned up undesignated campsites, deconstruct sleeping and fish cleaning platforms.
—Restored river passage by removing makeshift dam constructed from (chainsawed) palm logs and limestone boulders.
—Posted biodegradable “Leave No Trace” cards at sites.
—Monitored and reported kayak launch vandalism, overnight use