2015 Expedition Launches in Everglades Headwaters
We are poised at the brink of the 2015 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. This trek begins in the northern reaches of the Everglades Headwaters, on the banks of Lake Hatchineha in Polk County, Florida. This is familiar ground for expedition members Carlton Ward, Jr., Mallory Dimmitt and myself. South of Kissimmee and I-4, Lake Hatchineha marks the mid-way point for a 100-day expedition we undertook in 2012. Lake Hatchineha is one of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, which collect and feed water south to the vast Lake Okeechobee.
This area is the footprint of a major conservation project still awaiting funding. In 2010 the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced a plan to protect 150,000 acres of wildlife habitat in Central Florida, encompassing an area from Orlando south to Lake Okeechobee. The plan was to create a new National Wildlife Refuge, and to augment and buffer the refuge, the government would form public-private partnerships with the areas ranchers in the form of conservation easements. Easements were to account for 2/3 —> Read More Here