The Bradwell Bay Wilderness is dark and mysterious- and full of life. In part 2 of our salamander adventure, Bruce Means searches the swamp for the southern dusky, a critter that has disappeared from almost everywhere else.
Is there something you love doing enough to do it for over fifty years? Some do, and that’s why I’m here today. I’m following Bruce Means into a titi swamp in the Bradwell Bay Wilderness. He’d scour this place as a Florida State University graduate student in the 1960s, and today we’re on the same mission.
A family of three is on a mission to see how far away they can get from people. They are Remote Footprints. Today, the Means family leads us into the Bradwell Bay Wilderness, our remotest local area.
Music in the video was composed by Hot Tamale, who just happen to be this weeks musical guest on Local Routes.
Rob Diaz de VillegasWFSU Media
The most surprising moment of our remote adventure didn’t happen in the swamp, or in the forest, but in front of a computer. Rebecca Means clicked a check box, and all of our area roads loaded onto her map. Our rural, forested Big Bend of Florida wasn’t as open as I had thought. Continue reading →
Watch and listen: what does a Wilderness sound like at night?
Rob Diaz de VillegasWFSU-TV
It seems like a good premise for a movie: Under a full moon, on Friday the thirteenth, a group of people wander in the Wilderness. You could be a part of this movie on Friday, June 13 (8 pm), as Haven Cook of the U.S. Forest Service leads a hike into the Bradwell Bay Wilderness. It’s one of a series of events being held in the Apalachicola National Forest to celebrate 50 years of the Wilderness Act. Passed in 1964, the act designated certain protected areas as Wilderness.
So how is a Wilderness any different than any other protected land? We are surrounded by the Apalachicola National Forest, St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, Wildlife Management Areas, state parks, and large greenways. There are some waterways near here where you could spend hours and not see many signs of civilization. It’s already plenty wild around here, right? Continue reading →