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Vol. 3 | No. 1 | February 2010   


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Property Tax Exemption Deadline for Florida Conservation Easement Lands is March 1!

There is a March 1st deadline to submit an exemption application to your county property appraiser if you wish to take advantage of this new conservation incentive. Last year, the Florida Legislature passed a bill implementing the conservation lands constitutional amendment, which voters approved in 2008. Tall Timbers worked with other organizations to get this constitutional amendment passed. This new law provides full property tax exemption for land dedicated in perpetuity and used exclusively for conservation purposes.
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A Few Burning Issues

By Dr. Bill Palmer, Game Bird Program Director

Quail managers know the importance of burning on a 2-year fire frequency, at times even more frequently. To maintain this frequency about half of the pine woods need to be burned every year. There is a risk to bobwhite during this period, because burning temporarily removes their habitat making them more susceptible to predation. During wet years, burned cover may be suitable again in less than six weeks, however in dry springs it may be several months, and therein lies much of the risk.

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Arcadia PlantationWade Family Conserves Arcadia Plantation Permanently

By Kevin McGorty, Land Conservancy Director

Georgia has a rich history of conserving open space. In 1733, General James Oglethorpe designed a city plan for Savannah based on a grid of twenty-four public squares. This far exceeded any open space system in Colonial America. In keeping with that tradition, in 1979 Jeptha and Paddy Wade donated to Tall Timbers one of the first conservation easements in the state. This donation protected the Wade Tract, an old growth longleaf pine forest located in Thomas County.

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Tall Timbers Demonstrates Fiscal Responsibility

By Lane Green, Executive Director

2009 was a financially challenging year for most all of America including Tall Timbers. Facing declining revenues of 10-15% and projections for more of the same in 2010, we took several strategic actions that have both preserved our productivity and positioned us well for the pending economic recovery.

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