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Science together
with Land Stewardship


Engaging at the scale needed for change»

  • As an internationally recognized research station with over 60 years of experience studying fire-adapted ecosystems and advocating for prescribed fire use.
  • As a national hub for prescribed fire science, bringing fire managers and researchers together to identify and fill the gaps needed to increase the pace and scale of prescribed fire use.
  • As a bobwhite quail research program working to recover this fire-adapted species throughout its range, by leveraging the land stewardship investment that comes with hunting opportunities.
  • As regional experts on management for many of the rare species associated with the fire-dependent longleaf pine ecosystem.
  • As one of the largest regional land trusts in the nation, permanently protecting over 145,000 acres of private land in the Red Hills and Albany regions.
  • As a local landowner directly managing over 13,000 acres in North Florida on our Tall Timbers and Livingston Place properties.
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Building on Fire History

Tall Timbers is widely considered to be the birthplace of prescribed fire science. Our founders, including Herbert Stoddard and the Komarek family, were among the first to apply empirical research techniques to better understand the role of fire in nature. They also launched a critical series of Fire Ecology Conferences in the 1960s that provided the setting needed to establish the field of prescribed fire science, during a time when fire suppression ideology ruled. These interactive timelines provide a look at the history of the land Tall Timbers is built on and the organization that was established in 1958.

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Explore the Red Hills Region»

The Red Hills region is a 300,000-acre conservation focus area located between Thomasville, Georgia and Tallahassee, Florida. Recently referred to as the “100-year experiment,” much of the land has a management history that was heavily influenced by Herbert Stoddard’s arrival in the 1920s. These exceptional lands, with their nearly continuous fire history and conservation minded owners, are important for our fire and wildlife research, as well as a focal area for our land conservation work. The region serves as a lifeline between coastal and northern wildlands, providing important wildlife corridors. Explore more of the natural, historical, and cultural wonders of the Red Hills.

What’s New

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2021 Fall Field Day Registration is Open Now! 

Join us on Friday, October 29 at Nilo Plantation for Fall Field Day! Enjoy a field tour around the property along with management discussions covering Wild Quail, Trophy Deer, Storm Clean-up and Reforestation, and Early Season Dove Fields. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. View our Fall Field Day brochure for more information. Please complete our Online Registration to attend. For sponsorship inquiries, contact the Development Office at (850) 893-4153 x249.


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To Stop Extreme Wildfires, California is Learning from … Florida?

This reporting by National Public Radio (4-Minute Listen, or Article) explores the importance of supporting private landowners in the use of prescribed fire for public benefit. Hear from Dr. Morgan Varner, Tall Timbers Research Director, and key partners working on prescribed fire in western states. Tall Timbers is engaging with our western partners to help bring together problem solvers working with landowners, developing the latest in fire modeling to support decisions, and shaping the future of fire training.

“California is, in some ways, in the dark ages with prescribed fire,” Varner says. “But they’re in a time now, a special time, that they can go from number 49 in the country to number 1.”


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The Western Pineywoods Quail Program

The Western Pineywoods Quail Program is our newest regional quail recovery effort. The Pineywoods region of East Texas and beyond once supported vibrant wild bobwhite populations, but has attracted very little research or management attention for several decades. Tall Timbers has raised half of a $4 million endowment to secure positions and ensure this region will now have a core of bobwhite research and stakeholder guidance.  The program is led by Brad Kubecka, an existing Tall Timbers quail researcher and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia. Full news release is here

Fire Mapping Tool

New Fire Mapping Tool

Tall Timbers Geospatial Lab provided major technical support in the development of SE FireMap, a new tool that tracks both prescribed fire and wildfire activity on public and private lands across the range of the longleaf pine. This product will have many uses, including improved management of wildfire risk and targeting of prescribed burn implementation and training. SE FireMap was developed with funding by the USDA NRCS, and in partnership with several other organizations. Access SE FireMap at http://bit.ly/SEFireMap

Tickets to the 24th Annual Kate Ireland Auction are SOLD OUT!

Tall Timbers would like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors, friends, and supporters who will be attending the event this year. Still interested in participating? Don’t fret! We will be posting all of our auction items online for everyone to join in on the fun. Online bidding will begin Friday, October 1st. Visit our Auction Website for more information. 
Please contact the Development Office at (850) 893-4153 x249 to be added to our waitlist.



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