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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.

Do Wildlife Corridors Work? A Conversation with Paul Beier

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition just finished a 1,000-mile trip from the tip of the Everglades to the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. Their mission is 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. The state's main land-buying program, Florida Forever, has been starved of funding. So its success will likely hinge on programs like conservation easements, which pay ranchers and farmers not to develop their land.

But does the concept behind long wildlife paths really work? To find out,  who better to answer that question than the guy behind the web site, "Do Corridors Work?" We talk to Paul Beier,  a professor of conservation biology at Northern Arizona University. He's co-authored statewide maps of wildlife corridors in Arizona and California.


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