Tales from the Wildlife Corridor Expeditions, trekking the length and depth of wild Florida (1 hr CPE Credit - Personal Development)
Mallory Lykes Dimmitt
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 I 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Mallory Lykes Dimmitt will share her adventurous tales from the Wildlife Corridor Expeditions, trekking the length and depth of wild Florida. The Florida Wildlife Corridor organization champions the public and private partner support needed to permanently connect, protect and restore the Florida Wildlife Corridor – a statewide network of lands and waters that supports wildlife and people. The organization has trekked 1,000 miles across Florida – twice – to demonstrate the need and opportunity to connect wild places in Florida. Using a science-based approach, on-the-ground knowledge of the Corridor, and the support of thousands of followers throughout the state and nation, the Florida Wildlife Corridor now embarks on its
most important journey – to accelerate the rate of conservation in Florida by 10% annually in order to protect 300,000 acres within the Corridor by the end of 2020.
Mallory served as Executive Director for the Florida Wildlife Corridor for 2013 – 2016, and participated in both the 2012 and 2015 expeditions. Mallory now serves as VP of Strategic Development at Lykes Bros, Inc., working at the critical intersection of sustainable agriculture and conservation for a multi-generation family agribusiness that owns and manages land holdings within the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
Why It Matters
A corridor is a natural, continuous swath of lands or waters that wildlife, including the Florida Black Bear and the Florida Panther, travel to access different habitats or for parts of their life cycle. These connected wild areas ensure the long-term survival of many native species, as well as the health of our waters and Florida’s rural way of life.
Without long-term protection, significant portions of the Florida Wildlife Corridor are at risk of fragmentation – either by roads or other development. Fragmenting the Corridor threatens the ability of wildlife to travel, restricts breeding opportunities and ultimately harms plant and animal communities. Breaking up the Florida Wildlife Corridor would also be detrimental to Florida’s fresh water resources.
We have a fleeting opportunity to keep natural and rural landscapes connected in order to protect the waters that sustain us, the working farms and ranches that feed us, the forests that clean our air, the coastal zones that protect us from storms and the habitat that all of these lands provide for Florida’s diverse wildlife.
For more information, please visit the Florida Wildlife Corridor Website.