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Spring 2016 | Vol 9 | No 2   


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New Tall Timbers board leadership and trustees appointed

Tom RankinAt the April Tall Timbers Board of Trustees meeting, longtime trustee Tom L. Rankin became the chairman of the board. He replaced Cornelia G. Corbett who had been at the helm since 2013. Tom has been a trustee since 2005, and has served as treasurer of the organization since 2011; as such he guided Tall Timbers financially as chair of the finance and investment committees.

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Bug’n for bobwhite

Insect sampling

Insects (or invertebrates to those “sciency” types) have long been recognized as the most abundant and diverse group of organisms, representing more than 80% of the world’s species. Their contribution to ecosystems is multi-fold such that they serve as: decomposers; herbivores; food staple for many species including birds and especially bobwhites; dispersal agents (e.g., disperse seed, pathogenic agents), and unmatched pollinators. Relative to their abundance, however, we have done little research on evaluating their presence, diversity and abundance germane to soil type in the Red Hills region.

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Tall Timbers adds new Wildlands Fire Scientist

Kevin HiersTall Timbers is proud to welcome J. Kevin Hiers as our new Wildland Fire Scientist. Kevin has worked in prescribed fire science arena for nearly 20 years, has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications, and has a track record of cooperative work that fits perfectly with the new Tall Timbers Strategic Plan to attract prescribed fire expertise to the region.

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Planning issues abound in the Red Hills Region

Poultry HousesOver the last year, Grady County has become a popular destination for commercial poultry growers in southwest Georgia. The Cairo Messenger newspaper reported in February that countywide, as many as 30 new commercial poultry barns are under consideration in Grady County. Last year, the County issued permits for at least 32 commercial poultry barns.

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