A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
2021 was a monumental year for the Florida Wildlife Corridor and our organization. The bipartisan, unanimous passing of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act was a significant milestone that followed decades of advocacy and work among many of our partners, friends, and conservation heroes. The Act officially recognizes the irreplaceable value of connecting lands and waters, totaling nearly 20 million acres, and encourages its protection. We’ve since been publicly celebrating partner Corridor wins (land protection approvals or closings) to highlight regular progress for all audiences.
Protecting wild Florida is a calling I inherited from my family’s seven-generation history in this state. A decade of expeditions through the Florida Wildlife Corridor’s beautiful and diverse habitats bolstered the connection I feel to these lands, a connection that drives me as the CEO of the Foundation to expand conservation efforts for generations to come.
We’re proud of our 2021 accomplishments, which encompass the work of many dedicated scientists, conservationists, legislators, activists, artists, and more – but our work is far from over. We must continue to build that momentum through 2022 and beyond.
The Foundation is growing with new staff and roles. Jason Lauritsen was promoted to Chief Conservation Officer, and we hired three positions including Danna Bramlett as our Director of Development. There’s a lot of work to be done to save the Florida Wildlife Corridor, and our enhanced team empowers us to reach others and build a movement.
In early 2022, we changed our name to the Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation. The new name and logo represent the foundational nature of our organization – it’s inviting, inclusive, and lasting, to better serve us for the future. Our mission, our role, and our 501c3 status has not changed.
Investing in the Corridor is more important now than ever. Our recent Economic Report calculating the economic value of the Florida Wildlife Corridor reinforces the need to act with urgency. Public and private funding is crucial to keep the Corridor whole and sustain the working lands and livelihoods that underpin our state’s economy and provide green infrastructure benefits for all.
We are in a race to protect the Corridor. There’s no time to rest; we must act now and we need your continued support.