Protecting Greenways

Greenways are mosaics of connected natural, agricultural, forest, and ranch lands. Their connectivity preserve wildlife habitat and give wide-ranging animals like Florida black bears and panthers the territory they need to survive and thrive. (We call it “room to roam.”) Protecting these lands also benefits future generations by providing places to hike, fish, hunt, swim, and explore.

For more than a decade, the work of the Conservation Trust for Florida has been guided by the Florida Ecological Greenways Network, a plan adopted by most conservation partners to ensure wildlife survival and watershed protection. You can download a printable version of the Critical Linkages map (pdf 550k)

We are working in three key regions across the state. In the panhandle, our work is focused on conserving longleaf pine landscapes. In the North-Central Florida Forests landscape we work to preserve forest ecosystems, springsheds, and wildlife corridors for wide-ranging species like the Florida black bear. And in the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge, rare native Florida dry prairie and rangelands are top priorities. These habitats are threatened by encroaching development, conversion to more intensive agricultural uses, and succession of landowners.

Florida Ecological Greenways Network Critical Linkages Map

What is the Florida Wildlife Corridor?
Why does it matter?

In 2012, a four-member team of explorers set out to galvanize support for conservation by demonstrating that a network of connected natural areas critical for wildlife is still possible.

Members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition hiked and paddled 1,000 miles north from Florida Bay up to the Okefenokee Swamp at the Florida-Georgia border in 100 days. Through photos and film, they showed that the heart of Florida is still wild — and that it can still be saved.

The Conservation Trust for Florida is a partner in this effort. We are building on the momentum and the interest created by the Expedition team by engaging landowners and government partners to protect critical parcels and make the corridor vision a reality. Read more about our current projects.