The Last Green Thread

2018 Heartland to Headwaters Expedition: Corridor at a Crossroads

Protection for Connection

With 1,000 new residents moving to Florida every day, development and transportation infrastructure are consuming natural and agricultural lands at a rate of 20 acres per hour. Roads like Interstate 4, while vital to the movement of people, create hard barriers to the movement of wildlife and water.

The remaining wild areas between Tampa and Orlando are quickly becoming isolated. Only three potential natural connection points remain linking the Everglades Headwaters south of I-4 to the Green Swamp north of I-4. As the two most extensive wetlands in the state, they provide freshwater flow to nearly 15 million Floridians.

The mission of the 2018 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition was to navigate and document one chokepoint of the Corridor that can possibly still be saved. By exploring this narrow, but critical, connection we issue a call to action for additional conservation to protect and restore this remaining wild thread within a growing urban interface.

Why The Expedition?

The Last Green Thread

OUTCOMES

The Last Green Thread film has been viewed by local and national audiences, educating, and inspiring the public and decision makers and creating an impetus to protect the vulnerable landscape showcased in the film. As a result, the Florida Wildlife Corridor has had the opportunity to work with local officials in the footprint of the expedition to refine, shape and guide developments and planning efforts in the hopes that the corridor in the area can be saved, and in some cases, even restored to greater function.

Expedition Team

Mallory Lykes Dimmitt
Mallory Lykes Dimmitt
CONSERVATIONIST
Carlton Ward
Carlton Ward
CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHER
Joe Guthrie
Joe Guthrie
WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST
Danny Schmidt
Danny Schmidt
DIRECTOR | PRODUCER
Eric Bendick
Eric Bendick
DIRECTOR | PRODUCER

Thank You To Our Sponsors

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Duke Energy
Disney
Shutts Firm
Fifth Third Bank
Renee Athey Tito Vargas
Alex Sue Williams
Lawrence Vivie Dimmit
Carol Green
Janet Alford
Armondo Sanchez
The Nature Conservancy
Florida Park Sevice
National Geographic Society
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission