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Vol 2 | No. 1 | March 2009   


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Deadline for CUVA Program is April 1, 2009

In 2008, 68% of Georgia voters passed the first major reform to the Conservation Use Value Assessment (CUVA) program since it was first enacted in 1990. This reform added a new class of covered property (“Forest land conservation use property”) to the program. Land enrolled in the program is valued according to its current use (agriculture, forestry, or conservation) instead of the Fair Market Value for ad valorem taxation. The new forest land conservation portion of CUVA requires a 15-year covenant period, a minimum acreage of 200, and no maximum acreage limitation. The deadline for enrolling land in the new forest land conservation portion of the CUVA program is April 1, 2009. For additional information, contact your local Tax Assessor’s office.

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TO:  Southwest Georgia Landowners and Managers

FROM:  District Forester, Greg Findley

RE:  20% of burning activity out of compliance

Dear: Prescribed Fire Managers,

As we enter the busiest burning time of the year I wanted to take this opportunity to advise you of some challenges we are currently experiencing with smoke management and to solicit your collective help to meet these new challenges.

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Quail Research Report

By Dr. Bill Palmer, Game Bird Management Research Director

Over the past decade we have measured bobwhite demographics on Tall Timbers Research Station (TTRS) and it has become apparent that two major driving factors for their populations are adult survival and chick survival. Even when we observed high nesting rates, if chick survival is low, fall population increases are modest. This past year we had above average adult survival and chick survival. That is why we predicted an increasing quail population in the Fall-Winter of 2008-2009. Hunting season now over, most properties report increased bird numbers. Even losses of adults and broods from Tropical Strom Fay could not stop the increase. 

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Tall Timbers Earns National Recognition

Accreditation Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, announced that Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy has been awarded accredited status.

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Wildfire threat increases and could impact prescribed burning authorizations

A notice from the Florida Division of Forestry

Land Mangers:

Prescribed burnOver the last weeks our wildfire activity has increased in the peninsula of Florida considerably with almost all of the fires being human caused.  Some of the wildfires from Jacksonville to South Florida have been the result of escaped prescribed fires. The state (predominately the peninsula of Florida) has moved into drought conditions based on the national Palmer Index. The statewide KBDI (515) is about 200 points above the normal for this time of year. All forecasts for Florida through at least June of this year are below or well below normal in rainfall. The combination of the drought and the dried vegetation from numerous freezes that extended as far south as the Everglades has created conditions that are ripe for wildfires. 

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Carbon Credits
A New Revenue Source for Private Forest Owners

By Kevin Pope and Jeff Main

As many of you know, Tall Timbers has been closely monitoring developments in the newly emerging market for Carbon Credits. This market has the potential to provide additional revenue to private forest owners and help offset rising management costs due to high fuel and materials prices and flat timber values. Recent developments are making many forest owners consider entering the Carbon market at this time.

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