Mallory Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie wade through the Bradwell Bay Wilderness Area in Apalachicola National Forest, following the orange blazes of the Florida National Scenic Trail. In this stretch, the standing water is the trail. (Photo by Carlton Ward Jr.) Photo by Carlton Ward Jr./ Carlton Ward Photography
Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition hits the halfway mark!

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is traversing the state and is now more than halfway through the expedition!  

So far on this expedition, the team has followed at least eight state-designated greenways or trails on land or water (paddling trails are also known as "blueways"), including the General James A Van Fleet State Trail, Withlacoochee River, Withlacoochee State Trail, Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail, Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, Steinhatchee River and the wild and wonderful Ochlockonee River. 

The wettest experiences so far have come from three stretches of the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST), a footpath that spans 1,400 miles. The team traversed the Green Swamp wilderness deep in the headwaters of the central Florida riversyet only a short drive from major population centers like Orlando and Tampa. They also sloshed through the flooded path in the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and received a good drenching from the all day rainstorm preceding a cold front. Lastly, the team
waded through the chilly water that was nearly waist high for more than four hours at the Bradwell Bay Wilderness Area in Apalachicola National Forest. Mallory says there is no better way to appreciate a swamp than to wade out into it and gawk at the surrounding beauty. 

Blueways and trails provide numerous benefits for Floridians and visitors by adding value to nearby homes and communities. Outdoor recreation generates over $38 billion in consumer spending in Florida and supports 330,000 jobs (Infographic: Economics of Florida Outdoor Recreation & Trails). More than economics, there is also a health benefit: the American Heart Association estimates that every dollar spent on trails and walking paths could save approximately three dollars in medical expenses. There are many types of trails in Florida and beyond, including options near you. Find one and follow it! 

To read more about the importance of trails from expedition team member, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, please read her blog post found on National Geographic.

TECO Energy is a proud supporter of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. At TECO Energy, their business is to serve the present and future energy needs of their customers with reliable and affordable energy in a responsible manner. They have committed by investing in clean-energy technologies and partnering with customers to create a more sustainable community. And the millions of visitors the Manatee Viewing Center has hosted have seen up close our dedication to habitat restoration, protecting endangered species and working to ensure that generation to come can enjoy the natural Florida we all cherish. 
Coastal Dunes Lakes Paddle

Grayton Beach State Park

February 28, 2015

1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Trail Mixer has max capacity of 50 people.

Click here to RSVP. 
"Black Bear Affair" at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

March 7, 2015

10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please note the center charges a general admission entrance fee.
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