Make Connections.

Make Connections.

Showing that connecting, protecting, and restoring corridors of conserved lands and waters are essential for the survival of Florida's diverse wildlife.

photo by Carlton Ward, Jr.

Conservation

Conservation

Encouraging the restoration of longleaf pine forests while conserving farms and working lands and the communities they support.

photo by Carlton Ward Jr.

Restoration

Restoration

Inspiring the restoration of springs and river flows, sustaining the supply of freshwater to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

photo by Genevieve Dimmitt

Fill the Gaps

Fill the Gaps

Illustrating the need for connected habitats, providing wildlife the room to roam.

photo by Carlton Ward Jr.


The Glades to Gulf Expedition launched on January 10, 2015 as a vision to keep Florida wild,  expand public awareness, and generate support for a connected Florida Wildlife Corridor. We highlighted stories of ecological importance, from Longleaf Pine restoration and the health of the Gulf fishery to the survival of the Florida black bear – expanding the statewide corridor vision west to Alabama.

In 2012, our first expedition laid the foundation for this work with a robust media campaign to share the Corridor concept and vision. On January 17 of that year, we kicked off a 1000-mile expedition over a 100-day period to increase public awareness and generate support for the Florida Wildlife Corridor project.

Bear biologist Joe Guthrie, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr and filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus trekked from the Everglades National Park toward Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia. The travelers traversed the wildlife habitats, watersheds and participating working farms and ranches, which comprise the Florida Wildlife Corridor opportunity area.

The team documented the corridor through photography, video streams, radio reports, daily updates on social media and digital networks (read Blog posts). They also organized a host of  activities for reporters, landowners, celebrities, conservationists, politicians and other guests. Award-winning cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus documented the 2012 expedition to produce a film about the journey and the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

Why We Walk

  • To connect, protect and restore corridors of conserved lands and waters essential for the survival of Florida’s diverse wildlife
  • To restore and protect our life-giving springs and rivers
  • To sustain food production, economies, and culture surrounding Gulf seafood harvests
  • To restore longleaf pine forests while conserving farms, working lands, and the communities they support

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May 21st, 3:05 pm

Many thanks to the Apalachicola Riverkeeper for sponsoring Trail Mixer #6! The #Glades2Gulf Expedition team was joined by 35 hearty companions that chilly morning for a paddle down Owl Creek, a tributary of the Apalachicola River. ... See MoreSee Less

May 21st, 11:33 am

#TBT to side by side panther and bear tracks spotted in Florida ranch lands during the 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition! ... See MoreSee Less

May 20th, 3:05 pm

Did you know that longleaf pines once covered over 90 million acres in the Southeastern United States coastal plain area and now only less than 5% remain? The Expedition team explored the longleaf pine forests in Blackwater River State Park and Eglin Air Force Base during week 9, searching for the rare and endangered species that call this ecosystem home, such as the red-cockaded woodpecker.

Thank you to the E.O Wilson Biophilia Center, Nokuse Plantation, Eglin AFB,Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Blackwater River State Park, The Conservation Fund, The Longleaf Alliance, Florida Trail Association- Western Gate Chapter, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Resource Management Services!
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May 19th, 3:10 pm

Ochlockonee (meaning "yellow waters") is a mix of brackish, tidal surge, and fresh water that fills the Ochlockonee River. The Expedition team hiked with guests along this river for Trail Mixer #5 at the Ochlockonee River State Park. Thank you to our sponsors, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection- Office of Greenways and Trails! ... See MoreSee Less

May 18th, 3:01 pm

Week 8 of the #Glades2Gulf Expedition pushed us into Day 50 of the 70-day trek! We want to thank the following people and organizations for supporting us along the way: Yolo Board, Florida Department of Environmental Protection-Topsail Hill Preserve & State Park, E.O Wilson Biophilia Center, MC Davis with the Nokuse Plantation, Eglin AFB and General David Harris, Commissioner of Agriculture- Adam Putnam, FDACS, The Nature Conservancy in Florida, Betsy & George Dreher, Bert Martin, Pat and Caroling Wholeo! ... See MoreSee Less

May 18th, 11:13 am

What is the smallest falcon in the U.S.? The southeastern American kestrel! Learn more about this threatened species here from MyFWC ... See MoreSee Less

May 15th, 3:00 pm

Apalachicola is a very unique place, filled with a rich history and culture dating back to the 1830's. Check out our National Geographic blog from week 7 of the trek, featuring saltwater and over harvesting issues in Apalachicola Bay and an "Oysterman Hero" named Kendall Schoelles: voices.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/10/apalachicola-bay-oysterman-oil-spill/

Thank you to Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Apalachicola Riverkeeper, Coastal Plains Institute, Inc., Lisa Baylor from Carlton Ward Photography, Northwest Florida Water Management District, B&D's on the Bay, Kendall Schoelles, Bert Martin, Betsy & George Dreher, Mike Roberts, and Krista Brown!
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How You Can Help

Many Paths to Support

Not everyone is up for a 70 day trek across the state, but there are lots of other ways for people to help. Check out 10 Ways You Can Help. Like our Facebook page, subscribe to our YouTube channel, or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. Help spread the word about the Expedition and the Corridor by sharing, posting, re-tweeting, or pinning. And of course, we need support through donations.

Donations

All donations to the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition are tax-deductible and go directly to the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition public awareness campaign.

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