Craig Pittman: Welcome to Florida
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by Mason Gravley
1w ago
Craig is a native Floridian and spent over 30 years as a journalist for the Tampa Bay Times. He has authored a half-dozen award-winning books about the wild ideas and quirkiness of our state. Among his publications are Oh Florida!, Cat Tale, The State You're In, and Manatee Insanity.  In 2022, Craig was given the Rachel Carson Award by the Sierra Club, which honors sustained achievement by professional journalists or authors and was also awarded a Florida Literary Legend by the Florida Heritage Book Festival. Craig is now a columnist for the Florida Phoenix and co-hosts the weekly Welcome ..read more
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Andrew Otazo: Keeping Wild Florida Clean
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by Mason Gravley
2w ago
Andrew loves exploring the mangroves down in Key Biscayne where he calls home. However, he got sick and tired of seeing trash each time he went out to enjoy wild Florida.  Like many of our guests, Andrew is action-oriented and decided to do something about it. His big plan? Start picking up all the trash. It was that simple.  His impact has grown into dozens of others doing similar work to him, making it their passion to clean south Florida.  Andrew drives awareness in other ways too. He carried a 35-pound bag of mangrove trash (currently in History Miami’s permanent collection ..read more
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Traci Deen & Chad Crawford: Protect Our Paradise
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by Mason Gravley
2w ago
Traci of Conservation Florida and Chad of Crawford Entertainment teamed up to produce the 6-part documentary, Protect Our Paradise, a riveting series that follows Chad around the state of Florida as he discovers some of Florida’s most pressing environmental issues.  Every episode showcases a distinctive facet of Florida's environment and highlights individuals dedicated to safeguarding its wildlife, untamed landscapes, and pristine waters. As a 6th generation Floridian born in Homestead, Florida, Traci is passionate about protecting Florida’s wild and working lands for the generations of ..read more
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Karlos Rodriguez Bernart: Helping Thousands Explore Wild Florida
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by Mason Gravley
2w ago
Karlos’ passion for off-road bike route building came out of the necessity to learn the skills needed to complete the Tour Divide. Filled with the desire to create training routes in his local area of Florida, he discovered a talent for connecting green spaces and reviving old pathways and started inviting folks to join his crazy adventures…and they came willingly. Over 15 years later, Karlos is known as the best bikepacking route builder in Florida and is responsible for getting hundreds of people per year to experience the Florida Wildlife Corridor, many for the first time. You can learn mor ..read more
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Julie Morris: Florida Conservation Group
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by Mason Gravley
2w ago
Julie Morris has over 25 years of experience in Florida conservation—from working as a research wildlife biologist and land manager to implementing land protection and developing conservation policy at regional, state, and federal levels. Julie founded Florida Conservation Group (FCG) in 2015 with fellow ranchers and scientists. Through FCG, she has represented private landowners in the conservation of over tens of thousands of acres of land and has represented government entities in the conservation of many thousands of additional acres. She held leadership roles in the Southwest Florida Cons ..read more
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Paddling Across Lake Okeechobee
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by Mason Gravley
2w ago
Hey y’all! Today’s episode is a recap of a recent adventure I took on to raise awareness for Florida conservation. This conversation is originally from my other show, Adventure Sports Podcast, where I talk to guests about the various adventures they undertake.  However, because I did this adventure to shed light on the topics we discuss on this show, I wanted to also share it here. Also, the Lake Okeechobee discharges were just announced and it doesn’t look good. Hopefully we can continue to push more water south to the Everglades in the near future.  We’ll be back with a brand new e ..read more
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Clay Henderson: A History of Florida’s Land Conservation
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by Mason Gravley
2w ago
Watch a presentation by Clay Henderson at the Corridor Connect here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABBTl8KOq5Q&t=3s Clay Henderson has had a long career as an environmental lawyer, educator, and writer. He has served as president of Florida Audubon Society and Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, as well as two terms as Volusia county commissioner. Until his retirement in 2019, he served as Executive Director of the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience at Stetson University. As a writer, he has been published in both law reviews and scientific journals extensively. His ne ..read more
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Rick Smith: A Land Remembered
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by Mason Gravley
2w ago
Rick Smith (Patrick Jr.) is the son of acclaimed author, Patrick D. Smith, who helped propel the focus of “old” Florida into the minds and hearts of an entire generation with the book, A Land Remembered, released in 1984. It is historical fiction set mostly in pioneer or "cracker" Florida that follows the fictional MacIvey family through three generations, covering over a century of Florida history from 1858 to 1968. Although it’s historical fiction, the scenarios and settings within the book were common situations and struggles that early pioneers into Florida would have faced.  Rick has ..read more
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William Freund: fStop Foundation
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by Mason Gravley
2w ago
William started out life in El Salvador, where he was inspired by his parent's dedication to restoring Lake Ilopango. They weren't trained environmentalists, just folks who understood that something needed to be done to protect the place they loved.  After moving to Florida, William carried these lessons and influence with him. One day, while hiking in a remote Florida wilderness, he looked down and saw a panther track between his feet and knew he needed to do something to bring attention to this disappearing animal.  fStop Foundation was born. Williams's idea was to capture the "hid ..read more
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Mallory Dimmitt: CEO, Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation
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by Mason Gravley
2w ago
Mallory is a seventh-generation Floridian who grew up exploring the lands and waters of Florida. Those experiences shaped her love of the outdoors and appreciation of the environment from a young age, as well as her career choice in natural resource conservation and policy.  She is now the CEO of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation, which is largely the driver of the idea of the Florida Wildlife Corridor movement. However, the idea of a connected wild Florida was built on the foundation of other ideas and research but came together through the 100-day, 1000-mile human-powered Florida ..read more
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