About the Expedition
On January 17, 2012, 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, and a host of activities for reporters, landowners, celebrities, conservationists, politicians and other guests. Award-winning cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus documented the expedition to produce a film about the journey and the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
The Journey Continues
January 10, 2015 marks the kick off for the second expedition to expand public awareness and generate support for a connected Florida Wildlife Corridor. We will highlight new 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. The 2012 expedition laid the foundation with a robust media campaign to share the Corridor concept and vision.
Share the Experience: Own the Documentary DVD or Book
You can now experience the lessons learned on the expedition from the comfort of your own home. You will learn about wide-ranging wildlife like the Florida black bear and Florida panther and meet the gladesmen, cowboys and other heroes who work to protect the corridor for us all.
The DVD features a collection of stories and experiences woven together in a documentary format. It includes extra video stories and a music video. Produced by Elam Stoltzfus, featured on PBS TV.
The Book, Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, Everglades to Okeefenokee: 1000 Miles in 100 Days, shares stunning photographs by Carlton Ward Jr and essays by fellow explorers to bring the story to life in vivid detail. Travel with them to discover the rivers, swamps, prairies, springs and forests, cattle ranchers and timberlands.
Or view it right now on Vimeo’s On Demand page. Rent is $4.99 and to buy is $12.99.
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