In memory of Jeptha H. Wade
By Jim Cox
We were deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of one the most important figures in the 50-year history of Tall Timbers. Mr. Jeptha H. Wade passed away on Friday, August 8th, in Beford, MA. In 1979, Jep and his wife Paddy granted a perpetual conservation easement to Tall Timbers on one of the last tracts of old-growth longleaf forest remaining anywhere in the world. The easement was the first of its kind in Georgia and quite literally put Tall Timbers on the map both in terms of conservation easements and long-term research in longleaf ecosystems. More than 75 research articles have emerged from work on the property along with hundreds of popular articles, and each year brings dozens of field trips where the lessons of longleaf can be seen first hand. Pre-eminent conservationist Dr. E.O. Wilson recently described the Wade Tract as nothing less than a “national treasure”, and all of us owe a great debt to the Wade family for their broad interests in longleaf forests and generous donation. We extend our deepest sympathies to Paddy and the family.