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with Land Stewardship
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The 24th Annual Kate Ireland Auction & Dinner will be Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 6 p.m.
The event will be held on the lawn at Tall Timbers in front of the historic Beadel House. Festivities include a cocktail reception, silent and live auction, and dinner. The auction features world class artwork, unparalleled hunting and fishing opportunities, and unique offerings from the Red Hills region and beyond. Reservations are required. The Auction Brochure provides sponsorship opportunities and ticket information. For questions, contact the Development Office at (850) 893-4153 x249.
Episode 5 – Next Generation of Prescribed Fire
In this week’s episode of Fire University, Marcus Lashley sits down with Kevin Robertson, Morgan Varner, and Kevin Hiers at Tall Timbers where they discuss the socio-ecological complexities of fire ecology, and delve into the upcoming technological revolution leading us into the next generation of prescribed burning. Listen now.