DeSantis signs Florida Wildlife Corridor Act at Disney’s Wilderness Preserve

POINCIANA, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Monday that he signed the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act.

DeSantis said he signed the bill on July 1. The bill aims at protecting Florida’s conservation lands and wildlife habitat.

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Legislators said the “state’s population is growing rapidly and that lands and waters that provide this state’s green infrastructure and vital habitat for wide-ranging wildlife, such as the Florida panther, need to be preserved and protected.”

“The purpose of this act, and of the Florida wildlife corridor itself, is to create incentives for conservation and sustainable development while sustaining and conserving the green infrastructure that is the foundation of this state’s economy and quality of life,” the act states.

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The act includes the following:

  • Protects the headwaters of major watersheds, including the Everglades and St. Johns River.
  • Helps to sustain working farms, lands and forests.
  • Preserves land and water to protect coastal estuaries.

Katlyn Brieskorn,

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.