North Florida Land Trust recently assisted in a video project with students from the North American Nature Photography Association’s College Program (NANPA). The video focused on the need for conservation of the Ocala to Osceola (O2O) wildlife corridor. The O2O corridor is a nationally critical wildlife corridor that stretches from the Ocala National Forest to the Osceola National Forest and eventually to the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.
“We were excited to take part in this project that identifies a very important conservation target for us,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “This video helps to highlight the critical need for the preservation of this corridor, which will help to protect the important water resources and habitat of wildlife, like the Florida Black Bear.”
NFLT escorted the students through the corridor and helped connect them with their interview subjects, including the biologist of the Ocala National Forest, the conservation manager for Camp Blanding Florida National Guard and a private land owner. The students then crafted the video’s message and spent one week photographing and videotaping the natural habitats along the O2O corridor.
The video produced by the students can be seen at https://vimeo.com/207243255. This was the second time NFLT has worked with students as part of the NANPA College Program.