In a special ongoing series, WFIT has been following the journey of a team of conservationists thru Florida.The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition's mission is to connect natural and rural lands throughout the state, for the benefit of people and wildlife.
Along the first half of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition fair and mild weather prevailed. Recently, as the expedition passed a halfway point on the 1000 mile route, a bout of strong winds and rain storms made an inclement presence.
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.
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.