Red Hills Forest Stewardship Guide

Red Hills Forest Stewardship GuideThe Red Hills Forest Stewardship Guide is the result of the collaboration of a great many people. The process of developing the guide involved considerable interaction between Red Hills’ landowners, managers and foresters and Tall Timbers’ scientists, conservationists and land managers. This guide is dedicated to the landowners, managers and foresters of the Red Hills for without their commitment to hunting and conservation, the beautiful landscape known as the Red Hills would not exist.

The first printing of the Red Hills Forest Stewardship Guide in 2003, funded by a grant from the Turner Foundation, was a sell-out. We gratefully acknowledge the Foundation’s support and its commitment to conservation and research. This summer, thanks to the financial support of the Georgia Power Foundation, Parker Poe Charitable Trust and several individuals, a second edition of the Red Hills Forest Stewardship Guide has been printed. It is now available as a PDF file (8mb) or for sale in our Publications section.

This guide was developed as an outgrowth of three interactive meetings organized by Tall Timbers in Summer 2002. These meetings involved the research and conservation staff of Tall Timbers first with landowners and land managers as separate groups, and, finally, with a joint session involving all participants. The purpose of these meetings was to more clearly define and better understand the landowners’ and managers’ distinct perspectives in successfully perpetuating the region’s rich biodiversity and heritage. Further, we wanted to foster an understanding of the management and research issues that they find important.

In order to develop a useful guide, we needed to identify their specific land management objectives and long-term goals and to understand why they remain so committed to land ownership and management. This continuing dialogue, coupled with education and outreach, engages the owners, managers and Tall Timbers research and conservation staff, making everyone a contributor. It provides feedback to the respective parties to help guide the efforts of researchers and conservationists. The outcome of this process is improved communication and an exceptional educational opportunity.