Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was at The Disney Wilderness Preserve in Poinciana, Florida this morning to sign the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act, protecting Florida’s wildlife habitats, encompassing more than 18 million acres of land.

What’s Happening:

  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke this morning from The Disney Wilderness Preserve in Poinciana, Florida signing the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act.

  • Ian Miller, chief science and innovation officer at the National Geographic Society, also spoke of the importance of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act during the conference, congratulating Carlton Ward for his work as a conservation photographer and National Geographic Explorer.

  • Carlton Ward then spoke about the importance of this act in an emotional speech you can watch above.
  • The law was officially signed on June 29, 2021, with the law going into effect on July 1, 2021, providing $400 million in funding to create a corridor that connects diverse habitats for Florida’s wildlife to help protect nature and biodiversity.
  • The act includes the following provisions:
    • Securing access to habitats for wildlife, including the endangered Florida panther, and preventing fragmentation of critical lands.
    • Protecting the headwaters of major watersheds including the Everglades and St. Johns.
    • Helping to sustain working farms, lands, and forests.
    • Preserving lands and waters to protect coastal estuaries.
    • You can learn more about the act here.
  • More on The Disney Wilderness Preserve
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