Florida Wildlife Corridor Summit 

Geared Toward #yourcorridor

The inaugural-multi-day Florida Wildlife Corridor Summit took place over three days in April 2022 to convene thought leaders for discussions, collaboration, and problem-solving all geared toward conserving the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

The Summit united close to 300 conservationists, business and real estate experts, landowners and producers, policy makers and state agency leaders to work on some of the most pressing concerns facing the Corridor today.

Whether you missed the Summit or are looking to relive it, here you can watch panel discussions, keynote speakers, and get a taste for the Corridor Academy breakout sessions.

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2022 Florida Wildlife Corridor

Summit Reel (60 sec)

The inaugural-multi-day Florida Wildlife Corridor Summit took place over three days in April 2022 to convene thought leaders for discussions, collaboration, and problem-solving all geared toward conserving the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

2022 Florida Wildlife Corridor

Summit Opening

The Florida Wildlife Corridor spans approximately 18 million acres of contiguous open space, more than 40% of the state. This land is home to Florida’s wildlife, the headwaters of many rivers and wetlands, and to vital working lands, including ranches and farms.

The Corridor consists of both public and private natural and working lands, including forests, swamps, fields, pastures, farmlands, and timberlands.

More than half (54%) of the Corridor – 9.6 million acres – is currently conserved, protected from future development. The remaining 8.1 million acres (46%) are considered opportunity areas for conservation. Each speaker explores the history of this vital connected landscape, the path taken to achieve designation and the road ahead as we envision the future.

Speakers:

  • Hilary Swain, Archbold Biological Station, Executive Director

  • Carlton Ward Jr, Wildpath, Founder
  • Mallory Dimmitt, Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation, CEO

Fireside Chat

Considerations for a Connected Landscape

The State of Florida has spent decades protecting land to allow nature to flourish, create resilience and provide for abundant opportunities for recreation. The efforts of P2000 and Florida Forever have led to 2.6M acres of much needed protection. As we face a changing climate and rapid development, understanding the added value of connected landscapes to both nature and the economy gives us an opportunity to act before it’s too late.

Speakers:

  • Temperince Morgan (Moderator),The Nature Conservancy, Florida Executive Director
  • Gary Tabor, Center for Large Landscape Conservation, President
  • Maurice Pearson, MSE Group, a Montrose Company, Principal Scientist
  • Betty Osceola, Miccosukee Tribe, Owner Buffalo Tiger Airboat Tours
  • Emily Purcell, Ducks Unlimited, Director of Conservation Programs- South Atlantic

Fireside Chat

Building Blocks to Success

Successful conservation at scale will take collaborative efforts, new tools, and innovative financial mechanisms. Some efforts are already under way, but we need to look across sectors to increase our chances of success.

Speakers:

  • Traci Deen (Moderator), Conservation Florida, Chief Executive Officer
  • Ron Ritter, Mckinsey & Company, Partner
  • Anthony Cho, Future of Cities, Founder
  • Steve Brumby, Impact Observatory, CEO/CTO
  • Eric Eikenberg, The Everglades Foundation, Inc., Chief Executive Officer

Fostering a Shared Framework

For Conservation

Florida state agencies worked together to establish the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act and continue to work closely across state and federal agencies to build the Corridor’s protection. Each agency highlights their plans for protection and collaboration.

Speakers:

  • Jennifer Marshall, Florida Department of Transportation

  • Keith Rowell, FDACS-Florida Forest Service, Land Programs Administrator
  • Juan Hernandez, US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service

  • Thomas Eason, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Assistant Executive Director
  • Shawn Hamilton, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Secretary
  • Noah Valenstein, (Moderator) Brightwater Strategies,, Managing Partner and former Secretary of Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Remarks from Speaker Designate of the Florida House,

Paul Renner

Paul Renner shares the journey that led to the unanimous passing of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act.

Success Stories

Inspirational stories of conservation progress around the state, the country and the globe.

Speakers:

  • Jason Fischer: Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment, Conservation Program Manager
  • Beth Pratt: National Wildlife Federation, Regional Executive Director, California Regional Center
  • Steve Boyes: Wild Bird Trust and Okavango Wilderness Project and National Geographic Explorer, CEO

  • Jason Lauritsen (Moderator), Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation, Chief Conservation Officer

Corridor Academy:

Passion and Purpose, excerpt

This track took a deep dive into the role of storytelling and education in facilitating successful conservation outcomes. A day-long interactive session led by experts in their field that draws on real-world examples. Together, we explored tools for education, immersed ourselves in past expeditions, and learned how to harness the power of impact media to capture the hearts and minds of decision makers, stakeholders, and the public. This is a clip from the track featuring Rae Wynn-Grant and Vanessa Serrao. See the variety of speakers from the full track listed below.

Session Speakers:

  • Rae Wynn-Grant (Moderator), University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), Wildlife Ecologist

  • Vanessa Serrao, National Geographic Society , Executive Producer
  • Ross Donihue, Esri, Content Strategist Lead
  • Angeline Meeks, Archbold Biological Station, Conservation Cartographer
  • Alex Freeze, Center for Animal Human Relationships, Virginia Tech, Assistant Director
  • Gabby Salazar, University of Florida, National Geographic Explorer and Doctoral Student
  • Meredith Budd, Florida Wildlife Federation, Regional Policy Director
  • Blake Wheeler, Canvas of the Wild, Head of Operations & Technology
  • Jennifer Adler, PhD, Jennifer Adler Photography, Photojournalist | Director

Corridor Academy:

Scaling Solutions to Conservation, excerpt

This track looked at collaborative efforts, tools, and approaches from different scales and geographies that hold promise for application within the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Sessions included a showcase of effective collaboration examples from Florida and beyond, a discussion of the public and private approaches to closing conservation gaps, and the opportunity for participants to work together on developing conservation solutions for the Corridor in a hands-on, charette-style workshop. This is a clip from the track featuring Drew Bartlett, Katasha Cornwell, Bob Carey, Kae Hovatar, Dr. Mark Penning, Darren Joffe (Farmer D), and Billy Van Pelt. See the variety speakers from the full track listed below.

Session Speakers:

  • Lynn Cherry (Moderator): Carpe Diem Community Solutions, President

  • David Wolfe: NW Florida Sentinel Landscape, Private Lands Stewardship Coordinator
  • Jim McCarthy: North Florida Land Trust, Inc, President
  • Thomas Eason: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Assistant Executive Director
  • Samantha Browne: FDEP
  • Drew Bartlett: SFWMD
  • Katasha Cornwell: FDOT
  • Robert Carey: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division Manager, Environmental Review
  • Kae Hovater: Florida Association of Mitigation Bankers, Executive Director
  • Dr. Mark Penning: Disney’s Animal Kingdom, VP, Animals, Science and Environment
  • Daron Joffe: Farmer D Consulting and Citizen Farmers, Founder, Citizen Farmers and Farmer D
  • Billy Van Pelt: American Farmland Trust, Director of External Relations and Senior Advisor

Corridor Academy:

Funding Conservation at Scale, excerpt

Conservation at the scale of the Corridor will require funding beyond what the State can provide. This track highlighted opportunities to increase funding for conservation from federal and private sources as well as explored new frontiers of public/private partnerships. This is a clip from the track that features Noah Valenstein, Buck MacLaughlin, Lindsay Stevens, and Jim Strickland. See the variety of speakers from the full track below.

Session Speakers:

  • Mallory Dimmitt (Moderator): Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation, CEO

  • Charlie Houder: Alachua County, Director, Land Conservation and Management
  • Tim Telfer: Volusia County

  • Tabitha Biehl: Polk County Parks & Natural Resources, Land & Water Natural Areas Manager
  • Nick Wiley: Ducks Unlimited, Chief Operating Officer
  • Drew Bartlett: South Florida Water Management District

  • Katasha Cornwell: Florida Department of Transportation

  • Robert Carey: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division Manager, Environmental Review
  • Kae Hovater: Florida Association of Mitigation Bankers, Executive Director
  • Dr. Mark Penning: Disney’s Animal Kingdom, VP, Animals, Science and Environment
  • Daron Joffe: Farmer D Consulting and Citizen Farmers, Founder, Citizen Farmers and Farmer D
  • Billy Van Pelt: American Farmland Trust, Director of External Relations and Senior Advisor
  • Buck MacLaughlin: Avon Park Air Force Range, Range Operations Officer
  • Lindsay Stevens: The Nature Conservancy, Director of Protection and Sustainable Communities Strategy
  • Jim Strickland: Strickland Ranch, Owner

Corridor Academy:

Frontiers in Corridor Science, excerpt

How can information and data advance the efficient and effective conservation of the Florida Wildlife Corridor? In this track we considered the important natural and human components of Corridor conservation, including biodiversity, water, and rural economies, and looked at how data can inform different methods of land protection. Participants had the opportunity to contribute their expertise and to help identify outstanding data needs. This clip features Eric Stinson, Elizabeth Boughton, Aldyen Donnelly, Josh Daskin, Jon Oetting, and Viv Slaughter. See the variety of speakers from the full track below.

Session Speakers:

  • Josh Daskin (Moderator), Archbold Biological Station, Director of Conservation

  • Jeff Schmucker: Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Director of Planning

  • Wendy Graham: University of Florida Water Institute, Professor and Director
  • Billy Van Pelt: American Farmland Trust, Director of External Relations and Senior Advisor
  • Beth Stys: USFWS, Regional Climate Adpatation Ecologist
  • Reed Noss: Florida Institute for Conservation Science, President
  • Stephanie Romañach: USGS
  • Elizabeth Boughton: Archbold Biological Station, Buck Island Ranch, Program Director, Associate Research Biologist
  • Vivienne Sclater: Archbold Biological Station, Director of Data and Technology
  • Jonathan Oetting: Florida State University, Chief of Conservation Planning Services
  • Dr. Mark Anderson: The Nature Conservancy, Lead Scientist
  • Dr. Tom Hoctor: University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation Planning, Director
  • Eric Stinson: Agoro Carbon Alliance, Agronomist
  • Aldyen Donnelly: Nori Carbon, Co-founder and Director for Carbon Economics
  • Joseph Guthrie: Archbold, Program Director, Predator Prey Program
  • Jennifer Codo-Salisbury: Central Florida Regional Planning

Connecting Brand to Purpose 

Hear what we have in store for connecting brand to purpose. The morning began with a keynote address from Sylvia Earle followed by an interview on the Live Wildly Brand Campaign.

Speakers:

  • Sylvia Earle: National Geographic, Explorer and Oceanographer

  • Arnie Bellini: Bellini Better World Foundation, Founder

  • Jen Sissler (Moderator): Live Wildly, VP of Brand Marketing

  • Dan Sallick: Subject Matter, Partner & Co-Founder