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The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team has trekked through scrub, swamp and forest from one end of the state to the other. They have documented their journeys in film, books and photography exhibitions with a goal demonstrating the urgent need for an unbroken spine of wilderness running the length of Florida to give wildlife a chance for survival.The third expedition kicked off April 15 and once again, WUSF News reporters are along for the adventure. This time around the explorers want to highlight an area of wilderness in Central Florida that is threatened on all sides by urban development and transportation infrastructure including Interstate 4.WUSF Public Media is a sponsor of the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Follow along on with our reporters on our website and social media accounts on Facebook and on Twitter, using the hashtag #Heartland2Headwaters.

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Embarks on 1,000-Mile Journey

 A group of wildlife conservationists are camped at the southern tip of the Everglades, ready to take the first step in a thousand-mile journey up the central spine of Florida. Their mission: publicizing the need to connect the state's disjointed natural areas into a continuous wildlife corridor.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition will paddle through the Everglades, cross Lake Okeechobee and push up the Kissimmee River valley into north Florida, ending 100 days from today in the Okeefenokee Swamp at the Georgia state line.

WUSF is one of the co-sponsors of the event, and we'll tag along with the group at several of their stops. We talk about the trip with Carlton Ward, the expedition's co-leader. He's a noted conservation photographer from Clearwater.

Ward, bear biologist Joe Guthrie, and conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt will trek from the Everglades National Park toward Okefenokee National Forest in southern Georgia. The trio will traverse the wildlife habitats, watersheds and participating working farms and ranches, which comprise the Florida Wildlife Corridor opportunity area.

The team will document the corridor through photography, video streams, radio reports, daily updates on social media and digital networks. Award-winning cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus will document the expedition to produce a film about the journey and the Florida Wildlife Corridor.