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Florida Wildlife Corridor: Conservation With Benefits

Mar 9, 2012

Why should conserving a tract of wild and rural areas stretching the length of Florida matter to people? The answer is multi-faceted: Agriculture, economics, water and recreation.

Agriculture is the second biggest economy in our state, next to tourism. Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition co-leader, Carlton Ward Jr., explains that this project depends on farms, ranches and other private lands to connect already designated conservation areas.

WFIT has been following the ongoing Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition on an outdoor adventure through the sunshine state. This team of conservationists is showcasing some of the state's unique landscapes while stressing the need for contiguity of wild and pastoral places. 

Signs Of Panthers On The Trail

Feb 17, 2012

WFIT has been following the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition through the southern portion of the journey. Now the expedition is approaching Central Florida, and crossing through what crew member Carlton Ward Jr. calls, "An area of statewide and national concern."

Keeping the connection between South and North Florida is vital to the Florida panther, as these large carnivores need travel routes to find food and mates.

WFIT is following the 1000-mile Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, which runs until Earth Day.

In this special segment, Carson Cooper of sister station WUSF talks with one expedition member about the invasive exotic that’s been causing native animal populations to plummet in South Florida.

Former Panther Tim Wakefield Returns to Florida Tech

Feb 3, 2012

Red Sox Pitcher Tim Wakefield, who played for the Panthers from 1986-88, will return to Florida Institute of Technology for a special pre-game ceremony prior to the season-opening doubleheader against Claflin University. At the conclusion of the ceremony, he will throw out the season’s first pitch.

Wakefield was selected team MVP his sophomore and junior seasons as a first baseman at Florida Tech. He still holds the school record for career home runs with 40, and set single-season marks in 1987 with 22 home runs and 71 RBIs.

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