Florida to bridge together broken habitat with wildlife corridors

A new law promises to stitch some of Florida's wildlife habitat back together.

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Mary Katherine Moore
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Author: Mary Katherine Moore

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B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

Much of Florida's wildlife habitat has been fractured by development. A new law promises to help stitch some of it back together.

On June 29, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act into law. The law earmarks $300 million for the "wildlife corridors" that offer a lifeline to our imperiled wildlife, including the fewer than 130 endangered Florida panthers. Through overpasses, lowered fences and strips of connective land, wildlife corridors provide access to whole habitats and repair some of the damage done to wildlife by the division and fragmentation of critical lands.

“When an animal’s home is sliced in half, it loses access to food and breeding grounds,” said our national network’s Conservation America Campaign Advocate Alex Peterson. “Development has left wildlife with broken homes, but if we stitch habitats back together, we can do a lot more to protect our most vulnerable species.” 

Environment Florida and our national network now call on Congress to advance similar conservation legislation nationwide. 

Read more about the law. 

Learn more about our Save America's Wildlife campaign.

 

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We’re working to pass the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act, federal legislation that provides the funding and coordination of government agencies needed to connect fractured habitats.

Photo: Wildlife corridors will protect the surviving Florida panther, keeping them from becoming isolated and inbred. Credit: Everglades NPS via Flickr, Public Domain Mark 1.0

Mary Katherine Moore
Content Creator

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.