Follow an epic journey for the Eastern Wildway
On February 3, 2011, Wildlands Network’s TrekEast,™ a 4500-mile journey for nature by wilderness explorer John Davis, will begin in Key Largo, Florida.
TrekEast is your chance to participate in one of the largest conservation events of our time! Its mission is to inspire a network of people to help connect the East’s remaining wild places in order to save them. The Wildlands Network vision John will be sharing is an Eastern Wildway, a mosaic of connected habitat stretching from Florida’s Everglades to Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula providing enough space for nature, wildlife and people to thrive.
Please Donate, sign up and Become a Trekker, Show Us Your Wild and learn how to Take Local Action to help connect the Eastern Wildway.
The Trail, The Journey:
Intent on using mostly human power, John will hike, paddle, cycle and ski approximately 4500 miles through the spectacular and biologically diverse Eastern Wildway. He will travel northward from the Everglades to Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula, slogging through swamps, hiking in search of rare prairies and longleaf pine forests, paddling pristine and important rivers, exploring rich coastal marshes, climbing ancient mountains, and navigating through valleys and northern landscapes. In addition, he will make “side-trips” from his charted course, in order to encounter as many critical wild places as possible.
John will be sharing this journey with many esteemed companion trekkers as well as a variety of intriguing and important species such as: American Crocodile, manatee, bottle-nosed dolphin, oysters, black bear, Florida panther, bobwhite quail, American turkey, red-cockaded woodpeckers, elk, bison, moose, beaver, Canada lynx and more. Many times, John’s stories will be told from the perspective of these threatened creatures as he faces barriers to survival from their perspective. See Trail Leg Descriptions.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Wildlands Network Researcher John Davis embarking on a 5 year, 4500 mile trek up and down the East Coast so as to call attention for the need for interconnected Maine to Florida Open Space
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An ambitious journey like TrekEast can take on a sense of inevitability, as the many strands in one's life point in one direction and past experiences seem in hindsight to be part of a grand plan. Lest a pilgrim (a Wildways rambler, in this case) grow too proud, however, he should remember that most of the great journey has been and will be guided by others.
We are embarking on a great exploration of the East's wildest places in order to build networks of people protecting networks of wildlands (to borrow Michael Soulé's great John Davisphrase). We are here in the Florida Keys, at the southern beginning of eastern opportunities, because a community of conservation friends is coming together to help realize a dream of wildlife and freedom and health: an Eastern Wildway, linking wildlife habitats and people who care about them, from the Everglades to the Gaspé Peninsula.
"I love science and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awe by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and revigorate it." by Robert M. Sapolsky