Documentary reveals importance of Florida wildlife corridors

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Several churches are joining environmentalists to sponsor the premiere of a new documentary film promoting wildlife corridors in Florida.

These corridors connect historical ranges of Florida panthers, bears, and other animals.

"They need access to all types of habitat and the ability to roam," says Mallory Dimmitt of Florida Wildlife Corridor. "It's important for animals large and small."

The group wants leaders in Florida to set aside more land for wildlife to roam.

The new film called "The Last Green Thread" will debut Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Theatre in Downtown Tampa. Admission is free.

This is the third documentary from Florida Wildlife Corridor since 2012. The "Last Green Thread" focuses on the small line of natural habitat that connects the headwaters of the Everglades to the Green Swamp, northeast of Tampa where four rivers begin. 

"Hillsborough County doesn't exist without the Green Swamp," says Rev. Will Wellman of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church. "If it's not cared for, we can't live here," says Wellman.

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