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:
- Protect and restore habitat and migration corridors essential for the survival of Florida’s diverse wildlife, including wide-ranging panthers, black bears and other native species
- Restore water flow to the Everglades and sustain water supply to southern Florida
- Continue to safeguard the St. Johns River and water supply for central and north Florida
- Sustain the food production, economies and cultural legacies of working ranches and farms within the corridor
- Bolster local economies through increased opportunities such as hunting, fishing, birdwatching and other forms of eco-tourism
- Give wildlife and plants room to adapt to a changing climate and sea level rise
In the News
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)
The Expedition team of photographer Carlton Ward Jr., biologist Joe Guthrie, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and filmmaker Elam Stolzfus were on hand as Cabinet members acknowledged the vital importance of the corridor to the State of Florida. “It is a quilt of public and private enterprises that still support jobs, still create economic opportunity, still feed the world, and provide wildlife habitat,” Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said during the cabinet meeting. Attorney General Pam Bondi said she gained a new appreciation of Florida’s biological diversity when she and Putnam joined one leg of the expedition, along the St. Johns River. “It’s just amazing,” she said. Following the Cabinet resolution, the team hosted a free public screening of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition documentary at the IMAX Theater at the Challenger Learning Center.
FWC June Newsletter released
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.