Monday, February 06, 2012

1,000-Mile Exploring Team In Hendry County

Explorer's 100th Day Of Trek At State Forest In Hendry County

Felda, Fla. – On the 22nd day (February 7) of their 100-day, 1,000-mile trek, the explorers of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition will arrive at the Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest in southern Hendry County.

After paddling, biking and hiking nearly 300 miles, the explorers will be spending the afternoon with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Forest Resource Administrator Kevin Podkowka. Podkowka will show the sights of the 13,349-acre pristine slough to the explorers.

A major headwater supply for the Fakahatchee Strand and Big Cypress Preserve, the Okaloacoochee Slough is one of the few places in south Florida in which the native Florida landscape can be observed. This unique natural system provides a large roaming area of contiguous habitat for a variety of wildlife species – the Florida panther, Florida black bear, sandhill crane, wood stork and gopher tortoise.

The Expedition is a 100-day, 1,000 mile trek to raise awareness of a functional ecological corridor that spans the entire state of Florida. The four explorers - photographer Carlton Ward Jr., biologist Joe Guthrie, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus – are committed to connecting the remaining natural lands, waters, working farms and ranches from the Everglades to South Georgia. They will study and document the land, wildlife and waters for the visionary project.

To follow the expedition, and to view the calendar of activities about the Florida Wildlife Corridor project, visit

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