Protecting Wildlife Corridors
Connecting What Matters
As Florida’s population booms, new roads, housing developments, and shopping centers fragment natural ecosystems. Poorly planned expansion of cities cuts off natural movement corridors used by wildlife. The importance of maintaining landscape connectivity to ensure the survival of wide-ranging wildlife species, such as black bears, has been documented for nearly 30 years. Yet, there is still no coordinated, statewide effort to protect natural corridors that provide wildlife with access to safe passageways between conservation areas.
Without conservation corridors, iconic species like the Florida black bear and the Florida panther are at risk of becoming isolated in small islands of protected lands. Corridors allow individual animals from different populations to successfully breed with each other and ensure genetic diversity. They also allow animals to move to different habitats to find food and water as part of their natural migration patterns. With the support of our members and partners, Conservation Florida is leading the charge to protect a statewide network of natural corridors.
The Florida Wildlife Corridor
The Conservation Trust for Florida is a partner in this effort. We are building on the momentum and the interest created by the Florida Wildlife Corridor expeditions by engaging landowners and government partners to protect critical parcels and make the corridor vision a reality.