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Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition
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.

'The Last Thread' Documents Latest Trip of Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

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Members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition paddle along Reedy Creek south of Disney World, under Interstate 4, earlier this year.

In April, a trio of conservationists trekked through a narrow corridor of wild land in the shadow of Walt Disney World. Their mission: to bring attention to the need to preserve these corridors for wildlife. 

On Thursday, they'll preview a documentary of their travels.
The three environmentalists with the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition took seven days in the spring to trek through Florida's urban midsection, seeing how how animals survived the journey between their native territory and the state's busiest highway, Interstate 4.

A preview of the documentary made of the trip, called "The Last Green Thread," will be held for donors and invited guests at the Tampa Bay History Center Thursday night.

The expedition's leader is Mallory Lykes Dimmitt of Tampa.

"It's a chance to reconnect our team, bring people together and start to really tell the story of what we experienced earlier this year and shape our expeditions to come," Dimmitt said. "I am hopeful that we are able to raise the visibility of this vision for the state of Florida and the need to protect green infrastructure."

A panel discussion will follow the preview. Dimmitt says the film will be rolled out to the public online after New Year's Day.

WUSF was a sponsor of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. You can view our coverage of their trips HERE.
 

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Expedition members on the rocks on Reedy Creek at I-4