Northern Everglades Trail Ride
Florida cowboys and conservationists from the Northern Everglades Alliance, a group of landowners representing nearly one million acres of land in the Northern Everglades watershed, hosted the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team for a 17 mile horseback ride from the Creek Ranch in Polk County to The Nature Conservancy's Disney Wilderness Preserve in Osceola County. The trail ride traversed the Creek Ranch, a candidate for conservation easement protection through the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. The Creek Ranch is adjacent to The Nature Conservancy's Hatchineha Ranch, which includes the first piece of the new Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge which could ultimately protect 150,000 acres of land primarly through conservation easements. The ride traversed the rim of Lake Hatchineha, across land owned by the South Florida Water Management District adjacent to the Avatar Ranch before entering the 12,000 acre Nature Conservancy's Disney Wilderness Preserve. Lake Hatchineha is in the Kissimmee Chain of lakes and the surrounding ranches protect the watershed that gathers and cleans waters ultimately flowing to the Everglades.
Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. From January 17 through April 25, 2012, a team of explorers including photographer Carlton Ward Jr, cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus, bear biologist Joe Guthrie and conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, set out to trek 1000 miles in 100 days to showcase the opportunity to protect a connected corridror of natural lands and waters throughout peninsular Florida for the benefit of wildlife and people. Learn more at FloridaWildlifeCorridor.org. Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr / Carlton Ward Photography / CarltonWard.com.