As the end of the year approaches, we’d like to share our success with you. 2014 has been the best year ever for our organization, thanks to the support of people like you. A few highlights from this year:
Transitioned from LINC to Florida Wildlife Corridor: In May the Board of Directors made the decision to reorganize LINC into an organization dedicated to the establishment and protection of the Florida Wildlife Corridor. As such, Florida Wildlife Corridor became be the new identity, and LINC philosophies, programs and relationships have been folded into the new organization. This transition has greatly strengthened our organization and sets us up for success to help keep Florida wild.
First Annual Trail Mixer: In September we hosted the First Annual Trail Mixer at the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum. The event sold out and exceeded our expectations – not bad for an inaugural event!
Bringing the Corridor to the Classroom: In addition to our Corridor Conversation Series and regular presentations to civic or other groups, our team visited seven schools to spread the word about the Florida Wildlife Corridor to students. Schools included Saint Paul’s School (Largo), St. John’s Episcopal (Tampa), St. Mary’s School (Tampa), Plant High School (Tampa), Tampa Preparatory School (Tampa), Newpoint Pinellas Academy (Clearwater) and Southern Oak Elementary (Largo). We are seeking partners for funding to help us increase our educational reach to classrooms statewide.
Planning for X15: The bulk of our year consisted of planning the upcoming 2015 Expedition, which launches on January 10. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Glades to Gulf will showcase the statewide Corridor vision west to Alabama, and highlight stories of ecological importance such as longleaf pine restoration and the health of the Gulf fishery. The goal is to further public and policy conversations about the need to keep the Florida Wildlife Corridor connected.