Panama City -- Southwest Airlines is celebrating its 40th anniversary by teaming up with environmental groups in cities they fly.
Monday the airline visited Panama City to team up with Student Conservation Association (SCA), Florida Forest Service and the Florida Trail Association.
They spent time at Pine Log State Forest, off Highway 79. They were equipped with heavy duty mowers and cutters. The groups focused on the eight miles of trail that runs through the state park by cutting limbs, mowing tall vegetation and marking trees with bright orange paint so people can stay on track while trailing through the woods.
Many volunteers participated because they love the outdoors and want to give back.
“Southwest is very big about sharing where we fly. We want to give back to the community that they give to us, in their service” said K.J. Rice, Southwest Airlines employee.
“I love the outdoors, I love hiking, backpacking, I like doing all that stuff and if there’s anyway I can help to preserve the environment, that I traveling in, this is what I can do” said Kimberly Teruya, Student Conservation Association.
Several members of the SCA and some Southwest Airlines employees are touring the country in a custom-designed bio-diesel RV.