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Join us in Okeechobee, Florida on August 21st for the ninth event in a ten part series of "Corridor Conversations." The evening is FREE and open to the public, and includes a reception, film screening, and panel discussion. See you there!

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Corridor Conversation Series Panel Discussion and Film Screening

August 21, 2014, 6:00pm

Indian River State College

In 2012, four explorers traveled 1000 miles in 100 days, from the Everglades to Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. Their goal: to raise awareness of the real possibility to protect and restore connected landscapes throughout the Florida Peninsula and create a viable corridor from the Everglades to Georgia and Alabama. On August 21, 2014, the Florida Wildlife Corridor and Indian River State College invite you to join an interactive discussion of the Florida Wildlife Corridor with local and regional experts! As the ninth in a series of ten Corridor Conversation Series events, the evening will begin with a reception at 6:00pm, followed by a 7:00pm film screening of "Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee" by Elam Stoltzfus. A panel discussion will follow, moderated by Joe Guthrie from the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition in life-like proportion, and engage in conversation about the vision of a connected corridor of protected lands throughout the State of Florida! FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Doors will open and reception will begin at 6:00pm. The event will take place in the Williamson Conference Center at Indian River State College in Okeechobee, Florida. Please visit www.floridawildlifecorridor.org for more information. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Join us for this FREE film screening at the Martin Theater in Panama City, Florida!

Special guests include filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus, Will Abberger from Florida's Water and Land Legacy Campaign, and Kent Wimmer from Defenders of Wildlife's NW FL Program.
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Free FL Wildlife Corridor Film Screening

August 8, 2014, 6:00pm

The Martin Theater

Filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus will be present for a Q&A following the film screening, and will introduce plans for the upcoming 2014 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition from Orlando to Pensacola, which begins October 11th, 2014. Special guests include Will Abberger from Florida's Water and Land Legacy and Kent Wimmer from Defenders of Wildlife's NW FL Program.

Hear the Inside Story - Interview

Listen to Michelle Z. Walker's interview with the expedition members at the West Palm Photographic Center film premier. Published April 18, 2013 by WFIT Public Radio for the Space Coast. (website)
Listen to the Interview - 8.6 minutes

Public Service Announcement Connects Timberlands to Wildlife

This PSA was created to raise awareness about the beneficial role of working timberlands in Florida, and their importance to the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Much of the Florida Wildlife Corridor is made up of working timberlands that not only provide crucial habitat for wildlife, but also provide clean air and water. As a communications partner for the Florida Wildlife Corridor, LINC is working with artists and storytellers to inspire the public to learn about the Corridor and engage in its permanent protection. To learn more, visit www.LINC.us.

 Listen to the Timberlands PSA Audio - 30 seconds
Watch the Timberlands PSA on our YouTube Channel

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.
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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

Expedition Products-small 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.