Tall Timbers’ headquarters is now open for scheduled events and meetings, but not for unscheduled visits. For questions, please contact Jennifer Roberts at 850-893-4153 x228.
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.
Research with NASA Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
COVID-19 highlighted many of our vulnerabilities, including prescribed fire programs. Thanks to NASA, we can measure fire activity and compare annual rates. In the Southeast, 2020 revealed a 21% reduction in overall annual fire activity, and a 41% reduction on federally managed lands. Low-fire years like this add to the existing fire deficit, meaning lands that need fire for biodiversity and wildfire reduction are not getting it. Explore interactive data or view the full research article.
New Job Board for Quail Hunting Properties
Connecting job seekers with our private lands partners is the goal of our new Quail Hunting Properties Job Board. Visit the Job Board to see open positions or post a job. We hope that providing a dedicated location for these unique job openings, will help attract qualified candidates and further highlight the opportunities wild quail lands create. Our past economic studies show that quail lands generate nearly $340 million in economic impact across the Albany and Red Hills regions, including over 2,600 direct jobs. Technical colleges are helping to spread the word and are valuable partners as we all consider the training and workforce development needed to maintain world-class quail hunting properties.
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.”