Okay, this event is passed but they are still writing articles about me at my tender young age of, I think, about 39. They may have gotten it wrong in the article. Just wanted to share it with all of you.
Naturalist and author to share experiences exploring nooks and crannies of Ocala forest
Florida master naturalist Roger Fulton. (rogerfulton.com)
Naturalist Roger Fulton will speak at a meeting at Trout Lake Nature Center.
EUSTIS — Roger Fulton knows his way around the 607 square miles of the Ocala National Forest.
Fulton, a master naturalist and author, will share his experience of hiking and biking more than 130 miles of forest trails and his trail guidebook "Hiking Trails in the Ocala National Forest" at 6 p.m. Friday at Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 E. County Road 44.
Fulton, 68, who lives half of the year in Cortland, N.Y., and the other half in DeLand, loves nothing more than sharing his love for the outdoors and helping others safely explore the miles he treks. He will share photos and experiences of what he has discovered along miles of trails in Ocala — from the lakes and prairies to the abundant variety of wildlife in the forest.
"Down here there is a lot of public land, but just try to find it," said Fulton, who started his explorations in Florida in the 1990s after retiring from a career as a N.Y. State police captain. "When I first came here the first hiking book I bought had a 46-mile hike and I knew I could not do that and realized most ordinary people could not do it either."
Fulton decided to use his prior police experience in formulating outdoor books for ordinary people spotlighting hikes listed that were no more than five miles in length. He has now written 125 field guides in a portable and easy-to-use format for hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and golfing in many parts of New York plus Central and Northeast Florida. The guides are patterned after Fulton's old spiral-style police notebooks.
"Most I have written about are in conservation areas that have 1.5-mile trails and are normally easy in Florida because most of the terrain is flat."
During Fulton's criminal-justice career, where he also achieved a doctoral degree, he wrote a number of successful management books, the first in 1988, "Common Sense Supervision," which is still in print and is translated in five languages.
'No need to panic'
Now Fulton loves nothing more than traveling, leading nature tours and educational power-point presentations to make sure outdoor enthusiasts are equipped with proper gear such as weather-appropriate outer-wear like boots, hats and rain-gear, the ability to know what to do when encountering wild animals and how to read trail markers and, above all, having a course laid out before starting an outdoor adventure.
Fulton's book, "Safe in the Woods," is one he particularly recommends for readers as it delves into what to do when things go wrong out in the woods.
"There is normally no need to panic, and the most important thing is to have plenty of water," Fulton said. "It is the elixir of life."
For more information on this and more Friday-night naturalist programs, call 352-357-7536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Although the program is free to attend, donations are requested. For more information about Fulton, see rogerfulton.com and rogerfultonoutdoors.blogspot.com.
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