Over 21,000 acres approved for permanent protection

Reposted courtesy of wildpath.com

Today, the Florida Governor and Cabinet approved funding for the permanent conservation of 21,063 acres across five different landscapes within and adjacent to the Florida Wildlife Corridor. That totals to 80,014 acres saved in and adjacent to the Corridor since the passing of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act in 2021.

The properties are Telogia Creek, Wolfe Creek Forest – Phase VII, Blue Head Ranch, Big Bend Swamp – Holopaw Ranch, and Myakka Ranchlands. Telogia Creek, located near Apalachicola National Forest, is adjacent to the Florida Wildlife Corridor and will provide further land for wide ranging wildlife, protection of freshwater systems, and habitat for many native species.  

The properties were funded through the Florida Forever program. Three of the five properties are to be protected by conservation easements, where the land will continue to be privately owned and managed. Telogia Creek and Wolfe Creek Forest are to be protected by acquisition set to expand existing public preserves. We thank all the conservationists, landowners, and partners who made these wins for conservation possible. At Wildpath, we continue to work with state agencies and partners to photograph pieces of the Florida Wildlife Corridor approved for protection. Please use our social media toolkits, and the media they contain, to widely share the story of the Florida Wildlife Corridor and our collective progress protecting it! More can be found on our website here.