Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

Map of FL, illustrating the Wildlife Corridor
On January 17, 2012, The FL Wildlife Corridor Expedition team kicked off a 1000 mile expedition over a 100 day period to increase public awareness of the need to protect and restore Florida's Wildlife habitat.

Bear biologist Joe Guthrie, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr. trekked from the Everglades National Park toward Okefenokee National Forest in southern Georgia. The trio traversed the wildlife habitats, watersheds and participating working farms and ranches, which comprise the Florida Wildlife Corridor opportunity area.

The team documented its journey through photography, video streams, radio reports, daily updates on social media and digital networks, and a host of activities for reporters, landowners, celebrities, conservationists, politicians and other guests. Award-winning cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus produced a film about the expedition and the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

Join the trio on their expedition through audio and video reports available below. . All Reports are made possible by our production sponsor, The Mosaic Company.


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A 1,000 Mile Ride With the FL Wildlife Corridor Expedition
by WUSF News Reporter, Steve Newborn.

awesome sunset on southern FL coastline
A group of four explorers spent 100 days walking and kayaking the length of Florida, from the tip of the Everglades to the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. Their mission – to publicize the need to connect the state’s remaining wild areas into a continuous corridor. WUSF’s Steve Newborn followed their 1,000-mile journey, and brings you some snapshots from the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition.


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One hundred days after leaving the tip of the Everglades, the four members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition paddled into Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp and became the star attraction on Earth Day.

Carlton Ward Jr., left, Joe Guthrie and Mallory Lykes Dimmitt frolic in the Suwanee River

After driving down an unnamed sandy road in the middle of Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp, I met the four members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition the day before they ended their trip on Earth Day. They were playing Frisbee in the dark waters of the Suwanee River.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition just finished a 1,000-mile mission, to create a continuous wildlife corridor stretching the length of the state. Now that they've reached the end of the trail, attention will be focused on getting those thousands of acres of land preserved.

Wildlife photographer Carlton Ward Jr., filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus, bear biologist Joe Guthrie and conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt have wrapped up the traveling part of the expedition. They crossed the finish line Sunday, nearly 100 days after taking off in the Everglades.

It's been 1,000 miles in nearly 100 days. They started at the tip of the Everglades, and Sunday, members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition reached the finish line - Georgia. We report on their mission - and whether it has a chance of succeeding.

Members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition sport calluses and legs hardened by three months of hiking through saw grass, palmetto stands and piney woods. On Sunday, these four adventurers marked the end of a 1,000-mile trek across Florida.

Part of the 1,000-mile trail the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is blazing through Florida passes through what may seem an unlikely place: the main training base for the Florida National Guard. The armed forces are armed with another mission: helping protect the state's wildlife.

One-thousand miles - that's how far the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is kayaking, cycling and walking. This week, they're crossing the Ocala National Forest. WUSF's Steve Newborn went along for nine of those miles - and came out with a few calluses and a new appreciation for their effort.

As they thread their way north, members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition have come across one of their biggest barriers - Interstate 4. And if humans have a hard time crossing the busy highway -- what does that mean for wildlife?

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is swinging east of Orlando's sprawl and are paddling up the St. John's River. On Sunday, they crossed one the state's great dividing lines for wildlife - Interstate 4.

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Carlton Ward and Joe Guthrie, right, paddle the Everglades

They kayaked, biked and hiked 1,000 miles in 100 days last year through the heart of natural Florida. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is now ready to show the world what they encountered. On Sunday, March 3, the premiere of their one-hour documentary will be held outside the Tampa Bay History Center. Florida Matters' Steve Newborn caught up with expedition leader Carlton Ward Jr. of Tampa and filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus recently at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales for a preview of what we can expect to see.

Everglades Sunset

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition crossed the finish line nearly 100 days after setting off in the Everglades on a 1,000-mile journey to the Georgia state line. Their goal - inspiring the creation of a permanent unbroken wildlife corridor.

Wildlife photographer Carlton Ward Jr., filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus, bear biologist Joe Guthrie and conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt have wrapped up the traveling part of their Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. Now, they have to make their vision a reality.

WUSF was one of the sponsors of the trip. Reporter Steve Newborn has been following the group since they left the tip of the Everglades. We chronicle the progress of the expedition, hear from the "Cowboy Poet" on a ranch in Central Florida, and talk with the members about the highlights of the trip - and its future - as they paddle up the Suwanee River, near their final destination in Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is nearing the halfway mark of their trip up the length of Florida - 1,000 miles in 100 days. Their mission is to publicize the need to connect the state's disjointed wild areas into a continuous wildlife corridor. Carlton Ward Jr., Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Elam Stoltzfus discuss some of the surprises they found on the trip so far. Those include carrying 60-pound packs through the middle of palmetto patches - and how their preconceptions about the trip have jibed with the realities of traversing the length of Florida.

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
One thousand miles. That's how far a group of people will be walking through the heart of Florida. And they'll do it for 100 days straight - through swamps, cattle pasture and subdivisions on the creeping edge of suburbia.

They're not just doing it to get their feet wet. It's called the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition.

They're doing it to focus public attention on protecting connected wild areas to create a wildlife corridor from the Everglades to Georgia. Much of that corridor has been fragmented, leaving many animals vulnerable in much of their natural range.

They'll trek through the Shark Valley Slough, delve into the watery heart of the Everglades, skirt around Lake Okeechobee and slog up the Kissimmee River Valley.

The team will document the corridor through photography, video streams, radio reports as well as daily updates on social media and digital networks.

We recently spoke with photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr., documentary filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus and bear biologist Joe Guthrie as they prepared for the journey.

You can learn more about the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition by going to their web site.

Reports on the progress of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition will air on both WUSF 89.7 and WUSF TV. All Reports are made possible by our production sponsor, Mosaic.
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