“Florida leads the country in coffins exported. And the reason I love this and I got I got this from a friend of mine, Chad Crawford, who hosts a TV show called How to Do Florida. He told me the story. I love to say this because people move here, but when they die—when you die—you kind of want to be buried where your home is. And one of the things that I think every person that you just named—Brad and Mike and Matt Pierce and Nyla those people all love this place. I say we love this dirt. We love this water. Like this is our dirt and we want people to come here. We were happy when people want to move here. And Nyla was not from Florida. She’s from Washington State. But she loves this dirt as part of her own. And I wish we didn’t lead the country in coffins exported I wish people…loved it so much here they didn’t just come for our sunshine, or our new state income tax. They fell in love with it and wanted to be like this was their home. This was their place where they felt like their bones needed to rest. That’s a powerful thought to me. I feel like that’s how we have to kind of change our mindset in Florida. It’s where it’s not just to stop before you’re done. It’s… actually home.” —Travis Thompson, co-host of Cast and Blast Florida podcast

In Episode 165 of District of Conservation, Gabriella welcomes back Cast and Blast Florida podcast co-host and waterfowl/fishing guide, Travis Thompson. They chat “Keepers of the Everglades,” what’s happening in Piney Point, a recent conservation success, why Florida isn’t simply a punchline, and why transplants should rest their bones in the Sunshine State.

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  • Gabriella Hoffman

    Gabriella Hoffman is a Media Strategist and Award-Winning Outdoor Writer. She hosts the "District of Conservation" podcast and CFACT's original YouTube series "Conservation Nation." Learn more about her work at www.gabriellahoffman.com