Ocala to Osceola: Operation Connect, Protect and Restore

Exploring the healing connection of wild Florida with our military veterans

WHEN, WHERE, WHAT

The O2O Expedition will feature three veterans who will undertake an exploration of the Florida Wildlife Corridor from the Ocala to the Osceola National Forests. The core of the Expedition will involve a 4-day journey which includes paddling of the Oklawaha River as well as biking/hiking segments through the Florida National Scenic Trail which ends at Camp Blanding. The expedition will feature health/wellness opportunities as well as the compatibility of military installations. It will also highlight extensive tracts of timber lands that are critical Florida Forever properties, as well as native wildlife and waterways.

O2O Wildlife Corridor is a 100 mile long, 1.6-million-acre landscape of public and private lands that connect the Ocala and Osceola National Forests.

Why Veterans?

Ocala to Osceola Corridor

The Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Corridor (O2O) is a 100 mile long, 1.6-million acre, landscape of public and private lands that connect the Ocala and Osceola National Forests. The O2O includes priority lands for the Florida Ecological Greenways Network (FEGN), and is a significant part of the Florida Wildlife Corridor. If the system of natural landscapes and connector lands is protected, the O2O will continue to provide habitat for Florida black bears and imperiled species like the red-cockaded woodpecker, indigo snake and gopher tortoise.  In addition, there are opportunities for protecting iconic Florida ecosystems, including longleaf pine forests, sandhills, and scrub in the O2O.

Thank you!

The Ocala to Osceola Expedition is made possible thanks to the following partners and sponsers.

Partners

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Premiere Sponsor

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