Tall Timbers needs your help with the 2024 Red Hills Quail Lands Economic Impact Analysis

Jun 11, 2024

Building on past successes, Tall Timbers is now working on the 2024 Red Hills Quail Lands Economic Impact Analysis.

First conducted in 2013 and then again in 2018, Tall Timbers has used survey data from Red Hills landowners to illustrate the economic impact of the region’s quail community.

Our most recent study in 2018, completed in conjunction with the Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis at Florida State University, estimated that in 2017, Red Hills recreational hunting lands generated more than $194.1 million in economic impact, over $83.9 million in labor income, and more than 1,725 direct and indirect jobs throughout the Red Hills! This study also highlighted the many local businesses that benefit from investment in our working rural lands.

These results are important because we often find that the messages that resonate with elected officials and decision-makers most often concern “jobs” and “economic development.” The Red Hills Quail Lands Economic Impact Analysis gives Tall Timbers the tools to demonstrate the significant economic impact of Red Hills quail properties to members of Congress and state legislatures in Georgia and Florida.

Specifically, the results of previous studies have been vital to strengthening our case for Farm Bill funding for prescribed burning, protecting the rights of landowners to use prescribed fire in the wake of more restrictive Clean Air Act regulations, and supporting land use planning and policy changes that protect rural working lands from poorly located development.

One of the first, and most important, steps in this process is the collection of anonymous survey responses from Red Hills landowners and land managers. This survey is the cornerstone of the entire project and as such, a high rate of return and participation is vitally important to truly represent the valuable work and myriad benefits provided by the Red Hills hunting community.

We strongly urge those landowners who have been contacted to take a few minutes to contribute to this critical project and help ensure the future success of Red Hills quail lands.

Click Here to view our previous economic impact analysis.

Questions about this project or the survey can be directed to Red Hills Planner Ben Naselius at 850-868-1929 or Bnaselius@talltimbers.org.

About the Author
Ben Naselius
Ben Naselius is Tall Timbers' Red Hills Planner. He has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University, moonlights as the owner of a traveling bookstore, and loves performing music, reading and camping.
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