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Vol. 2 | No. 2 | June 2009   


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Fire Ecology Program Wish List

Tall Timbers is the birthplace of modern fire ecology: the study of the long term effects of prescribed fire on plants and animals. Under the direction of Dr. Kevin Robertson, the Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Program is considered a global leader in the field of prescribed fire research.

Due to tightening budgets and a careful spending policy, the Fire Ecology Program is in need of a number of items specific to prescribed fire research. Please take a moment to read the following funding needs of the Fire Ecology Program. Should you have an interest in making a contribution earmarked exclusively of the Fire Ecology Program, please contact Vann Middleton or feel free to send a check to:

Tall Timbers Fire Ecology graduate student, Tracy Hmielowski, was one of the crew at the Wade Tract preserve burn this past March.
Fire Ecology Program Support
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Fire Ecology Program needs:

Funding for one or two internships at $1,800 each. Most of the important long-term research projects that are maintained by the Fire Ecology Program, including the Tall Timbers Fire Ecology (Stoddard) Plots, Pebble Hill Fire Plots, and Woodyard Hammock tree census, have no dedicated funding. Although inexpensive, these projects do require intern labor for vegetation sampling, fire behavior measurements, and data entry that keep the valuable long-term string of information from being broken. Long-term research is hallmark of Tall Timbers and has provided some of the most influential research findings from the station. 

Herbarium imaging project, $3,500. Through the help of Beadel Fellow and published taxonomist Dr. Gil Nelson, we have the tremendous opportunity to have all of the 12,000 specimens in the Tall Timbers Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium imaged at high-resolution for viewing on the internet. Access will be provided through the FSU herbarium website and linked to the Tall Timbers website. In addition to being a tremendous resource for Tall Timbers staff, it will effectively make our jewel of an herbarium available for use by the international research community. We have begun preparation for the project but need additional funds to acquire the lights, stands, external hard drives, and internship assistance to finish this valuable project. 
Fire equipment, $1,400. The Fire Ecology Program currently needs new and replacement equipment for conducting our large number research burns. We specifically need backpack pumps, rakes, and an ATV-mounted water pump, as well as including fuel bags, thermocouple wires, flags, and clipping tools for measuring fuels and fire behavior.  Applying burns and measuring fire behavior is central to our long-term fire and vegetation monitoring projects and contributes to the land management of Tall Timbers.

The mission of Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy is to foster exemplary land stewardship through research, conservation and education.