Supporting innovative land conservation projects in the Florida Wildlife Corridor


Corridor Connect: Ecology + Economy for a Better Florida brought together leaders from the business and conservation community to look for solutions and identify ways to help balance Florida’s growth while also protecting the remaining half-million acres of critical Corridor links that are at risk of development by 2030. Thank you to the 500+ attendees across 200+ partner organizations who came together to connect, build solutions, and amplify the Corridor movement!

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Hosted by the Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation, the Corridor Collaboration Teams help catalyze the collective effort to connect, protect, and restore the Florida Wildlife Corridor and build on the momentum driven by the semi-annual Florida Wildlife Corridor “Corridor Connect” Summit. The first year of the Collaboration Teams saw tremendous success in the work products of our collaborative partnership across all five original Teams.   

The Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES), Tracking the Corridor (TTC), and Prioritization Crosswalks and Communications (PCC) Teams produced quality products that were all debuted at the 2023 Corridor Connect Summit. Upon the completion and delivery of those Team’s products, the activities of those Teams were brought to a close. The Collaboration Teams continue in earnest around three timely and pressing issues – “Corridor Compatible Communities (CCC)”, “Corridor Compatible Solar Energy (Solar)”, and connecting communities through “Corridor Trails (Trails)”. Participation in the Teams has grown and surpassed 160 participants across 100 entities, representing federal, state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, advocacy groups, elected officials, and landowners.  


  • Working Group – A smaller group of consistent individuals committed to regular meetings throughout the coming year. They are responsible for refining goals and objectives, setting deadlines, and developing and delivering outcomes.  The Chair and Vice-chair will oversee the meetings with the help of the Collaboration Manager.  

  • Focus Groups – Group or groups convened on an as-needed basis to review and comment on interim work products, providing feedback and input to help refine and improve the Collaboration Team deliverables. The full Focus Group will be assembled at least twice over the next 12 months.  Subgroups may be formed convened to address specific elements. 

  • Expert Advisors – Single individuals or groups providing advice from their areas of expertise related to the team products. This group would be called upon during specific periods of the product development process based on their areas of expertise.  

If you are interested in joining one or more of the Corridor Collaboration Teams, please email Alex Freeze ( with your request and desired level of participation with each interested Team. 


Over the past year a group of landowner representatives, agency staff, and conservation leaders met to discuss and make recommendations for Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) programs to secure the Florida Wildlife Corridor. The group worked from a common understanding of PES:

“Payment for Ecosystem Services is a voluntary agreement that allows public agencies or private interests to make payments that secure from a landowner provision and improvement of clearly defined specific ecosystem services and provide incentives to the landowner to continue and improve land uses that are both economically sustainable and beneficial to the environment.”

The discussions and recommendations are published in a report. People interested in the topic of how to use PES programs to help conserve land while retaining agricultural practices are encouraged to read the full report.

Download the Full Report


Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019 – Senate Bill 1499
Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019 – House of Representatives Bill 2795
Florida Wildlife Corridor Act of 2021
Florida 2070 Special Report (2016, 2017)
Water and Wildlife Corridors
Potential Impacts of the Southwest-Central Florida Connector on the Florida Panther and Its Habitat (TNC, 2020)
Climate and Wildlife Corridors
The Bear Essentials (Jason Totoiu, Everglades Law Center, 2017)
Assessment of the distribution of Florida panthers north of the Caloosahatchee River (2020)


There are 7 million acres of working lands (ranchlands and timberlands) in the Corridor, nearly 40% of the Corridor. Of these 7 million acres, 13% are conserved lands. There are 3.2 million acres of ranchlands in the Corridor, or 18% of the Corridor. 18% of ranchlands are currently conserved lands. There are 3.8 million acres of timberlands in the Corridor, or 22% of the Corridor. 9% of timberlands are currently conserved lands. Note – In this analysis, timberlands do not include land managed for timber in State or National Forests. Of the Corridor’s 8.1 million acres of opportunity areas, 33% are ranchlands and 43% are timberlands.

If you are a landowner interested in helping do you part in protecting wild Florida, the resources below may be able to help.

Rural and Family Lands Protection Program
Florida Forever Program
Florida Forever Fact Sheet
Florida Communities Trust
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Florida Communities Trust Fact Sheet
Land and Water Conservation Fund
Learn how to become a part of the Florida’s network of greenways and trails
Landowner Assistance Program


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