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Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Paddling the Wild Heart of Florida

Jan 18, 2012

 Four wildlife conservationists are paddling, hiking and biking through the wild heart of Florida. Their mission: to call attention to the need to connect the state's disjointed wildlife preserves into a corridor stretching from the Everglades to the Okeefenokee Swamp.

WUSF's Steve Newborn traveled to Flamingo at the southern tip of the Everglades to report on the beginning of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. He talks with Elam Stoltzfus, an award-winning cinematographer who will produce a film about their journey. We talk with WUSF afternoon anchor Craig Kopp.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor aims to protect and restore connected landscapes throughout the Florida Peninsula to create a viable corridor from the Everglades to Georgia. The corridor addresses the fragmentation of natural landscapes and watersheds from the Everglades ecosystem north. Contributing to the fragmentation problem is the disconnect between the perceptions of Floridians, and the real need to keep natural systems connected.