Investing in a statewide network of public and private lands
Do we want to bulldoze and develop what is left beyond the boundaries of our parks and preserves? In Florida, the alternative is protecting the Florida Wildlife Corridor. The corridor is nearly 18 million acres (almost one third of the state), of which 10 million acres are already protected and 8 million acres do not have conservation status. The unprotected land is what we are fighting for. Most of the unprotected gaps in the Corridor are private working lands – ranches, groves, farms and forestry – that are crucial for conservation but all at risk of being lost to development.
In June of 2021, the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act was signed into law with unanimous bipartisan support.
The legislation formally defined the Florida Wildlife Corridor and since inspired more than $800 million in public investment to help protect the state’s vast network of public and private lands which support both wildlife and people. The state investment in the Corridor helps purchase priority conservation lands to expand existing state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas. It also funds conservation easements, which buy the development rights from working farms, ranches and forests to ensure that working lands are conserved.
‘Saving the Florida Wildlife Corridor’, is a short documentary produced by National Geographic and Wildpath. A visual road trip from the north to the south of Florida, this film follows the day-to-day work of Floridians whose livelihoods depend on a healthy, connected ecosystem.