Showing that connecting, protecting, and restoring corridors of conserved lands and waters are essential for the survival of Florida's diverse wildlife.
Encouraging the restoration of longleaf pine forests while conserving farms and working lands and the communities they support.
Inspiring the restoration of springs and river flows, sustaining the supply of freshwater to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
Fill the Gaps
Illustrating the need for connected habitats, providing wildlife the room to roam.
The Glades to Gulf Expedition launched on January 10, 2015 as a vision to keep Florida wild, expand public awareness, and generate support for a connected Florida Wildlife Corridor. We highlighted 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.
In 2012, our first expedition laid the foundation for this work with a robust media campaign to share the Corridor concept and vision. On January 17 of that year, we kicked off a 1000-mile expedition over a 100-day period to increase public awareness and generate support for the Florida Wildlife Corridor project.
Bear biologist Joe Guthrie, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr and filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus trekked from the Everglades National Park toward Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia. The travelers traversed the wildlife habitats, watersheds and participating working farms and ranches, which comprise the Florida Wildlife Corridor opportunity area.
The team documented the corridor through photography, video streams, radio reports, daily updates on social media and digital networks (read Blog posts). They also organized a host of activities for reporters, landowners, celebrities, conservationists, politicians and other guests. Award-winning cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus documented the 2012 expedition to produce a film about the journey and the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
Why We Walk
- To connect, protect and restore corridors of conserved lands and waters essential for the survival of Florida’s diverse wildlife
- To restore and protect our life-giving springs and rivers
- To sustain food production, economies, and culture surrounding Gulf seafood harvests
- To restore longleaf pine forests while conserving farms, working lands, and the communities they support
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How You Can Help
Many Paths to Support
Not everyone is up for a 70 day trek across the state, but there are lots of other ways for people to help. Check out 10 Ways You Can Help. Like our Facebook page, subscribe to our YouTube channel, or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. Help spread the word about the Expedition and the Corridor by sharing, posting, re-tweeting, or pinning. And of course, we need support through donations.
All donations to the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition are tax-deductible and go directly to the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition public awareness campaign.