The Lone Ranger Forge property exemplifies the great conservational strides communities can make when working together. The land deal was a joint effort between The Nature Conservancy, Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, among other groups. Their work has produced an essential step in creating wildlife corridors in Florida.
|The line of trees, an old rail line, is the path that panthers follow to the river.|
A look toward the future for panthers is welcome news, one that should improve the science and better facilitate the species recovery. As one of the rarest mammals in America, if not the world, the Florida panther's future will serve as a template for large predator recovery.
This is just one of many steps in creating a connected, wild Florida. Wildlife corridors are one of the most important conservation initiatives that will save species, as well as protect against the impacts of climate change. In connecting protected lands with corridors, species will have the opportunity to safely move throughout their habitat and expand into historic ranges previously denied to them by inhospitable terrain. Corridors also lessen the chances of panther-vehicle collision and interactions with humans. The concept of creating one contiguous corridor is a long way from finished, but the Lone Ranger Forge is an important milestone for Florida panthers.
More information from FWS can be found here.
|Attendees of the Interagency Forum, representing diverse environmental interests.|