Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team members Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie help ignite a prescribed fire in Green Swamp East.  Photo by Carlton Ward Jr./ Carlton Ward Photography
Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Launches at Hatchineha Ranch 
 
The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition launched on January 10 from the Everglades Headwaters at Hatchineha Ranch in Polk County. They were sent off by family, friends, The Nature Conservancy, Alex Sink, Senator Bill Nelson and many more.

After leaving the Everglades Headwaters, the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team spent the rest of the first week immersed in the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve in Central Florida, a little known part of the state hiding within plain sight of Tampa's and Orlando's sprawling metropolitan areas. 

The swamp spans five counties and 560,000 acres, a majority of which is designated as an Area of Critical State Concern for the purpose of protecting Florida's water supply.

While in the Green Swamp, after backpacking and camping in rainy weather, the team participated in a controlled burn with land managers from Southwest Florida Water Management District

Fire is an important part of the ecosystem in Florida as it helps reduce potentially hazardous wildfires, insect and disease control, encourages new growth of native vegetation and maintains habitat for plant and animal species that depend on periodic fire. 

To follow the #Glades2Gulf Expedition, please check out the ways to follow the team on the right!

The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society is the first zoo to aid the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches exists to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. They advance their conservation mission through endangered species propagation, education and support of conservation initiative in the field, like Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. Thank you so much to the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society.
To learn more about the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, please visit www.floridawildlifecorridor.org or follow us on social media!
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Trail Mixer #3

Steinhatchee River Paddle

January 31, 2015

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Trail Mixer has max capacity of 35 people.

Click here to reserve your spot. 
Trail Mixer #4

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Hike 

February 7, 2015

9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Trail Mixer has max capacity of 75 people.

RSVP by calling the Refuge at 850-925-6121
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