The Journey Continues!
In 2012, a four-person Expedition team completed a 100-day, 1000-mile journey to raise awareness for the Florida Wildlife Corridor opportunity. October 11, 2014 marks the kick off for the second expedition to expand public awareness and generate support for a connected Florida Wildlife Corridor.
We will highlight new stories of ecological importance, from Longleaf Pine restoration and the health of the Gulf fishery to the survival of the Florida black bear – expanding the statewide corridor vision west to Alabama.
The vision for the second Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is to connect natural lands and waters throughout the northwest region of Florida, from the Green Swamp to the panhandle.
Despite extensive fragmentation of the landscape in recent decades, a statewide network of connected natural areas is still possible (see the Maps Tab). The 2012 expedition laid the foundation with a robust media campaign to share the Corridor concept and vision. Keeping in the spirit of the first expedition, we’re raising awareness about the fleeting opportunity we have to connect natural and rural landscapes in order to protect the waters that sustain us, the coastal wetlands and dunes that protect us, the working farms and ranches that feed us, the forests that clean our air, and the combined habitat these lands provide for Florida’s diverse wildlife, including manatees and sea turtles.
The Florida Wildlife Corridor
The Florida Wildlife Corridor project is a collaborative vision to connect remaining natural lands, waters, working farms, forests and ranches from the Everglades to Georgia, protecting a functional ecological corridor for the health of people, wildlife and watersheds. Florida Wildlife Corridor Goals:
- Connect, protect and restore corridors of conserved lands and waters essential for the survival of Florida’s diverse wildlife
- Restore spring and river flows, sustaining the supply of freshwater to the Gulf of Mexico
- Sustain food production, economies and culture surrounding Gulf seafood harvests
- Sustain the food production, economies and cultural legacies of working ranches and farms within the corridor
- Restore longleaf pine forests while conserving farms and working lands and the communities they support
- Provide the room to roam to allow wildlife to adapt to a changing climate
Governor and Cabinet Recognize Florida Wildlife Corridor and Expedition Team
On June 4, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet issued a resolution recognizing the Florida Wildlife Corridor as a visionary project to connect the remaining natural lands, waters, working farms, forests and ranches from the Everglades to Georgia. (read the resolution)
Expedition DVD and Book Now Available
Get your copies today at these outlets: Live Oak Productions Commerce Store (DVD and Book) Barnes and Noble (Book) Amazon.com (Book) In 2012, four explorers enter the Everglades and, 100 days later, reach the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition showed that the heart of Florida is still wild–and can still be saved. You can now experience the lessons learned on the expedition from the comfort of your own home. The DVD features a collection of stories and experiences woven together in a documentary format. It includes extra video stories and a music video. Produced by Elam Stoltzfus, featured on PBS TV. The Book shares stunning photographs by Carlton Ward Jr and essays by fellow explorers to bring the story to life in vivid detail. Travel with them to discover the rivers, swamps, prairies, springs and forests, cattle ranchers and timberlands.