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At the end of the @fl_wildcorridor #Heartland2Headwaters 2018 expedition, @carltonward, @mallorydimmitt and @joeguthrie8 throw themselves into the Green Swamp waters. They started a week earlier in the Disney Wilderness Preserve and biked these last miles through dust and heat, finding life again at these headwaters of the Everglades.
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During the @fl_wildcorridor #Heartland2Headwaters 2018 expedition, @carltonward, @mallorydimmitt and @joeguthrie8 trekked up through the I4 corridor from the Disney Wilderness Preserve to the Green Swamp. Here they are just about to kayak underneath I4 - the most deadly highway in the nation. This area is a critical wildlife corridor to maintain - as Florida becomes more and more developed, the connectivity of the state’s habitats and waterways becomes more and more restricted. This fragmentation spells bad news for wildlife like the Florida panther and the black bear that need lots of space to roam and often die as they try to cross roads and highways. Corridors and green areas also keep the water clean and sustain the ecosystems that attract thousands of people to Florida every year. Preserving these spaces is in the best interests for both wildlife and Floridians.
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#I4Corridor #wildlifecorridor #coexist #FloridaPanther #DisneyWildernessPreserve #GreenSwamp @implementproductions @danny_schmidt @3bearsmedia


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Throwback Saturday (is that a thing?) to the @fl_wildcorridor 2018 expedition. @carltonward, @mallorydimmitt, and @joeguthrie8 hiked, biked, kayaked and slogged their way through swamp while they avoided cottonmouths and battled mosquitoes. Not shown in the coming documentary are @implementproductions and @danny_schmidt trekking with them while filming. I worked with @3bearsmedia for drone and wildlife shots, and to show the encroaching developments of Florida’s I4 corridor. Here the team switches gears to bike towards the Green Swamp.
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Photo by @CarltonWard | Lake Russell is one of the last undeveloped lakes in Central Florida. It is in the headwaters of the Everglades, a watershed that encompasses the southern half of the Florida peninsula and provides water for nine million people. The Florida Wildlife Corridor #Heartland2Headwaters Expedition begins here today from The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve near Orlando. Over the next week we’ll be exploring one of the last wildlife corridors that can still connect the Everglades to the Green Swamp across Interstate 4, which is quickly becoming a solid wall of development between Tampa and Orlando. The next week of paddling and hiking through swamps and forests at the edge of one of the most rapidly developing regions in America will help us understand whether there is still hope to protect and restore wildlife and water connections than can prevent the Everglades from being cut off from the rest of Florida and the continent. See @carltonward for a view of this lake from above and follow the journey this week. @fl_wildcorridor @nature_org #corridoratacrossroads #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild


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Bald cypress trees greet the dawn over Lake Russell, a focal point of the @natureflorida Disney Wilderness Preserve and starting point of our last Expedition. Shot on Day 2 of the #heartland2headwaters @fl_wildcorridor expedition with @carltonward, @joeguthrie8, @mallorydimmitt, @danny_schmidt and @grizzlycreekfilms


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Eric Bendick of @grizzlycreekfilms captures the #heartland2headwaters Expedition team as they launch their watercraft on Lake Russell. #floridawildlifecorridor #expedition #KeepFLWild #ConnectProtectRestore
Photo by @alexofthewild / Alexandra Morrison


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Photos by @CarltonWard >> Natural beauty is often closer than you think. That can be a resource for adventurous people but not always good for nature. I photographed this large cypress tree in the Reedy Creek Swamp during the @FL_WildCorridor Expedition that ended on Earth Day. This scene was wild but intense development was less than a mile away. Our purpose was to explore one of the last remaining wildlife corridors connecting the Everglades north to the rest of Florida and the US across Interstate 4 — the most dangerous road in America that is funneling development outward from Orlando and threatening to cut the state of Florida in half. I hope more of Florida’s 21 million residents and 100 million annual visitor will enjoy the impressive network of parks and trails hiding in plain sight of the amusement parks while helping inspire lawmakers to protect wildlife corridors before it’s too late. Please follow @CarltonWard for more of my #PathofthePanther project with @NatGeo. #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #Heartland2Headwaters. With @mallorydimmitt @joeguthrie8 @danny_schmidt and @implementproductions.


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Photos by @CarltonWard >> Natural beauty is often closer than you think. That can be a resource for adventurous people but not always good for nature. I photographed this large cypress tree in the Reedy Creek Swamp during the @FL_WildCorridor Expedition that ended on Earth Day. This scene was wild but intense development was less than a mile away. Our purpose was to explore one of the last remaining wildlife corridors connecting the Everglades north to the rest of Florida and the US across Interstate 4 — the most dangerous road in America that is funneling development outward from Orlando and threatening to cut the state of Florida in half. I hope more of Florida’s 21 million residents and 100 million annual visitor will enjoy the impressive network of parks and trails hiding in plain sight of the amusement parks while helping inspire lawmakers to protect wildlife corridors before it’s too late. Please follow @CarltonWard for more of my #PathofthePanther project with @NatGeo. #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #Heartland2Headwaters. With @mallorydimmitt @joeguthrie8 @danny_schmidt and @implementproductions.


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#heartland2headwaters #Repost @carltonward・・・We visited this large cypress tree in the Reedy Creek Swamp during the @FL_WildCorridor #heartland2headwaters Expedition that ended on Earth Day. This scene was wild but intense development was less than a mile away. Our purpose was to explore one of the last remaining wildlife corridors connecting the Everglades north to the rest of Florida and the US across Interstate 4 — the most dangerous road in America that is funneling development outward from Orlando and threatening to cut the state of Florida in half. I hope more of Florida’s 21 million residents and 100 million annual visitor will enjoy the impressive network of parks and trails hiding in plain sight of the amusement parks while helping inspire lawmakers to protect wildlife corridors before it’s too late. #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild. With @mallorydimmitt @joeguthrie8 @danny_schmidt and @implementproductions.


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We visited this large cypress tree in the Reedy Creek Swamp during the @FL_WildCorridor #heartland2headwaters Expedition that ended on Earth Day. This scene was wild but intense development was less than a mile away. Our purpose was to explore one of the last remaining wildlife corridors connecting the Everglades north to the rest of Florida and the US across Interstate 4 — the most dangerous road in America that is funneling development outward from Orlando and threatening to cut the state of Florida in half. I hope more of Florida’s 21 million residents and 100 million annual visitor will enjoy the impressive network of parks and trails hiding in plain sight of the amusement parks while helping inspire lawmakers to protect wildlife corridors before it’s too late. #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild. With @mallorydimmitt @joeguthrie8 @danny_schmidt and @implementproductions.


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#RepostSave @natgeotravel with @repostsaveapp ・・・ Photos by @CarltonWard >> Natural beauty is often closer than you think. That can be a resource for adventurous people but not always good for nature. I photographed this large cypress tree in the Reedy Creek Swamp during the @FL_WildCorridor Expedition that ended on Earth Day. This scene was wild but intense development was less than a mile away. Our purpose was to explore one of the last remaining wildlife corridors connecting the Everglades north to the rest of Florida and the US across Interstate 4 — the most dangerous road in America that is funneling development outward from Orlando and threatening to cut the state of Florida in half. I hope more of Florida’s 21 million residents and 100 million annual visitor will enjoy the impressive network of parks and trails hiding in plain sight of the amusement parks while helping inspire lawmakers to protect wildlife corridors before it’s too late. Please follow @CarltonWard for more of my #PathofthePanther project with @NatGeo. #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #Heartland2Headwaters. With @mallorydimmitt @joeguthrie8 @danny_schmidt and @implementproductions.


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Photos by @CarltonWard >> Natural beauty is often closer than you think. That can be a resource for adventurous people but not always good for nature. I photographed this large cypress tree in the Reedy Creek Swamp during the @FL_WildCorridor Expedition that ended on Earth Day. This scene was wild but intense development was less than a mile away. Our purpose was to explore one of the last remaining wildlife corridors connecting the Everglades north to the rest of Florida and the US across Interstate 4 — the most dangerous road in America that is funneling development outward from Orlando and threatening to cut the state of Florida in half. I hope more of Florida’s 21 million residents and 100 million annual visitor will enjoy the impressive network of parks and trails hiding in plain sight of the amusement parks while helping inspire lawmakers to protect wildlife corridors before it’s too late. Please follow @CarltonWard for more of my #PathofthePanther project with @NatGeo. #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #Heartland2Headwaters. With @mallorydimmitt @joeguthrie8 @danny_schmidt and @implementproductions.


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On a tranquil paddle down Reedy Creek, it’s hard to tell where the flooded swamp forest ends and the reflections begin 🌿 Day 6, #heartland2headwaters @fl_wildcorridor expedition


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Congratulations also go out to @grizzlycreekfilms for completing their second corridor expedition with @fl_wildcorridor I can't wait to see the next corridor film they make. This photo was taken while they and @carltonward were working on a different project at Buck Island Ranch
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Congratulations to @fl_wildcorridor @carltonward on a successful third expedition #heartland2headwaters. Thank you for bringing attention to the need for wildlife crossings on major highways like I-4. This photo was from when Carlton visited Buck Island Ranch last fall
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[2 photos and a map] It felt wild and ancient when we hung our hammocks in the dark Reedy Creek swamp after a day of hiking. But the noise of traffic to our east and west would not let us forget that this thread of the Florida Wildlife Corridor is squeezed by development sprawling out from Orlando and that the roads and houses of this other world were less than a half mile away. See the link in my bio for the story in Sunday’s @tampabaytimes. The #Heartland2Headwaters Expedition began April 15 at The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve in the vast Everglades Headwaters and entered a bottleneck in the Corridor — a last green thread — that connects through intense development and across Interstate 4 to the Green Swamp Wilderness west of Orlando. Our purpose was to explore the fragile connections that will soon be lost without serious investments in land protection. The Everglades could inadvertently be cut off from the rest of America. Our trek ended on Earth Day. With @mallorydimmitt @joeguthrie8 @grizzlycreekfilms @danny_schmidt @implementproductions @3bearsmedia @bendicci @alexofthewild @trisaratops409 @fl_wildcorridor @nature_org @natureflorida


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I’m channeling the tenacity and can-do attitude of these little trees we paddle by on Reedy Creek during the #heartland2headwaters expedition, determined not to let a highway overpass keep them from reaching the sun ☀️ One day from now, I will have completed my three year journey to become a Master of Science in Environmental Education! What a journey it has been. One more sleepless night of defense prep to go. Let’s do this.


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Photo by Steve Newborn / @wusfpublicmedia “An animal that's deep in the forest in one of these swamps may live 99 percent of its life away from the noises of man and then coming into proximity with the Interstate is just a wall of sound and vibration and speed it doesn't contemplate - it hasn't had to deal with ever in its life...” #heartland2headwaters #connectprotectrestore #KeepFLwild

Read the full story in the link in our bio!🐾


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Photos by @mallorydimmitt > > With our 3rd Expedition in the books, we’re now preparing to share how this trek revealed critical, connectivity challenges in the heart of the Florida Wildlife Corridor...Stay turned!・・・Flashback to last Monday morning’s paddle on Lake Russell and Reedy Creek at the beginning of the @fl_wildcorridor #heartland2headwaters Expedition, before the going got tough.


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Photo / @alexofthewild. Reminiscing on mornings spent paddleboarding through cypress-rimmed lakes. The #heartland2headwaters team are back to their respective urban homes and processing all that we learned during our trek through this imperiled piece of the Corridor. We made interesting discoveries, worked through tough obstacles, and ultimately proved that navigating this #corridoratacrossroads is still possible. But for how long? Use your voice and your power to help #keepflwild; vote, advocate, use less, conserve more, and work to share this planet with all our wild neighbors. It’s as much theirs as it is ours 🌿🐾🌏 #connectprotectrestore


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Flashback to last Monday morning’s paddle on Lake Russell and Reedy Creek at the beginning of the @fl_wildcorridor #heartland2headwaters Expedition, before the going got tough.


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Repost from @mallorydimmitt using @RepostRegramApp - “On EARTH DAY 2018 we wrap up the #heartland2headwaters expedition and reflect on the challenges to keep this link in the larger @fl_wildcorridor connected and viable. Significant investment in conservation, smart growth and green infrastructure planning can prevent much of ‘wild Florida’ from being munched by urban sprawl, but the pace of land and water protection must be stepped up. #corridoratacrossroads #keepflwild
Tune into wusf 89.7 and wusfnews.org this week for special coverage of the expedition.


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Repost from @mallorydimmitt using @RepostRegramApp - “DONE! Day 7 and the @fl_wildcorridor #heartland2headwaters expedition is complete! We celebrated with friends, family and supporters tonight. #keepflwild.” Tune in to wusf 89.7 and to wusfnews.org for more coverage of this expedition.


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On EARTH DAY 2018 we wrap up the #heartland2headwaters expedition and reflect on the challenges to keep this link in the larger @fl_wildcorridor connected and viable. Significant investment in conservation, smart growth and green infrastructure planning can prevent much of ‘wild Florida’ from being munched by urban sprawl, but the pace of land and water protection must be stepped up. #corridoratacrossroads #keepflwild #connectprotectrestore


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#Repost @fl_wildcorridor - pic of my sis @mallorydimmitt ・・・
Expedition complete! After 7 days, nearly 50 miles, and endless hours of traversing beautiful yet daunting terrain in the heart of Florida, the #heartland2headwaters expedition team has made it to their final destination in the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve! 7 days of brutal hiking through dense swamp, paddling scenic rivers, and biking woodland trails. 7 days of proving, in a very tangible way, that a viable Wildlife Corridor exists right in the heart of central Florida amidst sprawling development. The finale of this trek is not an end, but merely a beginning. Our mission to #connectprotectrestore the Florida Wildlife Corridor truly begins with YOU! Share our mission, partner with us, and tell your friends and family how important it is, for the health of people and wildlife in Florida, to keep our land and waterways connected to each other throughout the State. Together, we can fight to #KeepFLWild 🐾🐊 photo / @alexofthewild


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Expedition Day 7, and #EarthDay: WE DID IT!! After 7 days, nearly 50 miles, and endless hours of traversing beautiful yet daunting terrain in the heart of Florida, the #heartland2headwaters expedition team has made it to their final destination in the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve! 7 days of brutal hiking through dense swamp, paddling scenic rivers, and biking woodland trails. 7 days of proving, in a very tangible way, that a viable Wildlife Corridor exists right in the heart of central Florida amidst sprawling development. The finale of this trek is not an end, but merely a beginning. Our mission to #connectprotectrestore the Florida Wildlife Corridor truly begins with YOU! Share our mission, partner with us, and tell your friends and family how important it is, for the health of people and wildlife in Florida, to keep our land and waterways connected to each other throughout the State. Together, we can fight to #KeepFLWild 🐾🐊


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DONE! Day 7 and the @fl_wildcorridor #heartland2headwaters expedition is complete! We celebrated with friends, family and supporters tonight. #keepflwild 📷: @alexofthewild and @chelseamcsunshine


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Expedition complete! After 7 days, nearly 50 miles, and endless hours of traversing beautiful yet daunting terrain in the heart of Florida, the #heartland2headwaters expedition team has made it to their final destination in the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve! 7 days of brutal hiking through dense swamp, paddling scenic rivers, and biking woodland trails. 7 days of proving, in a very tangible way, that a viable Wildlife Corridor exists right in the heart of central Florida amidst sprawling development. The finale of this trek is not an end, but merely a beginning. Our mission to #connectprotectrestore the Florida Wildlife Corridor truly begins with YOU! Share our mission, partner with us, and tell your friends and family how important it is, for the health of people and wildlife in Florida, to keep our land and waterways connected to each other throughout the State. Together, we can fight to #KeepFLWild 🐾🐊 photo / @alexofthewild


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We officially crossed into the Green Swamp from the Lake Wales Ridge this morning, on Day 7 of the @FL_wildcorridor #heartland2headwaters Expedition in Lake Louisa State Park. Many thanks to the park staff for hosting us and leading us on a great hike past Dixie Lake, groundcover restoration areas, Big Creek, a still smoldering controlled burn, and Dude Lake before we switched to bikes for the last leg of the trip. #keepflwild #connectprotectrestore @fl.stateparks


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Expedition Day 6: making miles with the team today! Our Executive Director @lcross_wildyoga11 and I had the pleasure of paddling for a few miles up Reedy Creek from Kissimmee to the edge of Disney with the #heartland2headwaters explorers. I could watch those reflections for days 🌿 #floridawild #keepflwild #connectprotectrestore


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