By: Adriana Delgado
Much has been said about the deterioration of Florida’s wild landscape, and the impending need to protect it from threats like climate change, reckless construction and additionally, the irresponsible intervention of man in the last few years evidenced by the dumping of unwanted python snake pets in the Everglades, which has contributed massively to the destruction of the area’s native species.
“The Forgotten Coast: Return To Wild Florida” is a documentary that follows the journey of bear biologist Joe Guthrie, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr., and filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus as they undertake the one thousand mile quest from the Everglades to the Florida-Alabama border, exploring the natural beauty and terrain of this wildlife corridor.
The documentary and the companion two hundred and fifty page coffee table book with photographs by Carlton Ward Jr., is raising funds on Kickstarter in the hope that the project obtains enough money to share the film and the book with enough people as possible with the hope of keeping this Florida wildlife protected. The journey started in 2012, when the group started out with their first expedition, from the Everglades National Park to Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, tracking over one thousand miles over a hundred days, which the team documented using video, photography, and social media. In 2015, the group continued the journey, this time crossing the Florida panhandle into Alabama.
This project’s goal is not only to share the importance of protecting the wildlife Corridor with Floridians but to allow as many people as possible to witness the beauty that lies hidden in wild Florida. Home to manatees, alligators, the winged-phoenix and the red-cockaded woodpecker, the protection of the Corridor is essential for this species to exist in an already fragile ecosystem. There is still a chance to be a part of this project, by clicking this link to the film’s page on Kickstarter. Although it has received nearly half of the funds required to finance the post-production and wider distribution of the film, along with the publication costs of the book, there is still money to be raised. This campaign has twenty-eight days left on Kickstarter, meaning that there’s still time to donate so this can become a reality. The Corridor’s wildlife is precious and in dire need of protection and “The Forgotten Coast” will remind people just how important it is to keep Florida wild.
Click here to see part of The Forgotten Coast: Return To Wild Florida