Over 600 Come to Tall Timbers to Learn About Fire

The goal of the event was to raise awareness about the important role of fire in maintaining southern pine forests.  Increasing local understanding of the benifits of fire is part of the long-term strategy to promote the use of prescribed fire on private and public lands.

Tall Timbers worked with the North Florida Prescribed Fire Council, The Nature Conservancy, Longleaf Alliance, Florida Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to plan the event. Many other local partners participated, and helped make the event such a success.

Event Photo Album


ANF  USFS Helicopter

Apalachicola National Forest exhibit and helicopter

Longleaf Alliance display   Florida Forest Service Display

Displays by the Longleaf Alliance and the Florida Forest Service

FWC    Gopher Tortoise Tunnel and Burrow

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission staff and kids activity – a gopher tortoise tunnel and burrow.

Birdsong Nature Center kids activity

Birdsong Nature Center kids activity

Tall Timbers Activities 

Girl coloring   Kaylin Staller

Tall Timbers kids activities. Volunteer Kaylin Staller with corn snake at Tall Timbers natural history exhibit

Boy with Hat

Waiting to load a wagon

Wagon Tour   Wagon Tour

Wagon Tour   Wagon Tour

Tall Timbers staff and volunteers led 21 wagon tours throughout the day with 465 visitors on the wagons

Bruce Means   George Willson and Jim Stevenson

Bruce Means signing his new book published by Tall Timbers, Diamonds in the Rough

Tall Timbers Staff   Tall Timbers Staff

At left, Tall Timbers staff: Jessica Coker, Lou Maxwell and Rosi Nicols. At right Conservation Biologist Kim Sash and PhD Candidate Kristen Malone help at the Tall Timbers natural history exhibit

Bluegrass band

Crossroad Bluegrass Band entertained the

Prescribed Burn Demonstrations

Burn Team

Burn Team

Kevin Hiers and Mike McCall   Mike McCall

Kevin Hiers, at left, discusses prescribed fire; at right, Mike McCall discusses fire and weather.

Chaz Oliver, TNC   Karen Zilliox-Brown

Setting prescribed fire: Chaz Oliver, TNC and Karen Zilliox Brown, Longleaf Alliance

Tyler McClean   Brian Wiebler and Daniel McAuliffe

Raffle winners (in blue Nomex) got to participate in the prescribed burn demonstrations. At left, Tyeler McClean with Tall Timbers Land Manager Eric Staller; at right, Daniel McAuliffe with Tall Timbers Outreach & Education Coordinator, Brian Wiebler.

Fire Demonstration views   Fire Demonstration viewers

Prescribed Fire Demonstration viewers

USFS Helicopter

USFS helicopter takes off at the end of the Fire Festival

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