Once a route has been determined and a rough draft guide produced, plan an event for volunteers to paddle the route to 'ground-truth' or 'field-verify' the results. Choose paddlers with varying degrees of navigation and paddling skills to represent a typical sampling of the intended user group. Provide temporary signage along the waterway and give each paddling group a draft copy of a trail guide. Meet with the paddlers afterwards and elicit feedback, find out if navigation instructions are clear, signage adequate, distance between access points and campsites appropriate, and listen to their suggestions to improve the trail experience and make the trail safer.



FWC Facts:
Boaters who accidentally strike a manatee are urged to report it to the FWC. You may not be subject to prosecution if you were following any speed restrictions at the time.

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