IN THIS ISSUE...
RESEARCH & LAND MANAGEMENT
- A Birds-Eye View of Carbon Flow
- Yale School of Forestry Partnership
- Red-cockaded Woodpecker nest discovered on Dixie Plantation
- Bobwhite Breeding Season Begins with High Optimism
- Land Trust Alliance Accreditation
- Grant Funds Received for Dixie House Restoration
- Linking Land Conservation and Historic Preservation in the Red Hills
- Area Landowners Honored at Red Hills Spring Dinner
Spring 2019 | Vol 12 | No 2
Using LANDSAT Burned Area Products to Map Fires Across Florida
Tall Timbers staff recently completed a collaborative project that mapped the footprint of fire across the state of Florida. Florida leads the nation in prescribed burning accomplishments with between 1-2 million acres of prescribed fire approved annually (approximately 10% of total fire area burned nationally).
As the final smoke plumes dissipate in the springtime air, birds are pairing off hard and dispersing in search for mates over the past few weeks. As of this writing, 15 May, we have confirmed 25 nests being incubated in the Red Hills region and already a few managers have reported seeing a brood or two.
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers are nesting on Dixie Plantation in Jefferson County, Florida. Eight sub-adults were translocated to the property last fall, and a nest with four eggs was discovered today by Woodpecker Conservation Specialist Rob Meyer.
For a few years the Fire Ecology Program has interacted with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, first through an invitation to program director, Dr. Kevin Robertson, to present at the Yale Forest Forum, facilitated by board member and Yale alumnus Redmond Ingalls.
The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Tall Timbers is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.
At the recent Red Hills Spring Dinner at Dixie Plantation, Tall Timbers honored landowners who have made significant contributions to the organization or donated conservation easements in 2017 and 2018. Tall Timbers wishes to thank the sponsors of this fundraising event, which directly contributed to completing the Dixie House restoration and rehabilitation project.
Stephanie Meeks, former president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, spoke to attendees about the interconnection between land conservation and historic preservation.
The Florida Legislature appropriated $500,000 for FY2020 to restore and rehabilitate the historic Dixie House. The grant was awarded under the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources’ Special Category Grant program, with the guidance of the Florida Historical Commission.
Tall Timbers would like to thank all sponsors and participates who supported this year’s Georgia – Florida Turkey Invitational, March 28 and 29, 2019, which was again hosted by Osceola Plantation. We were honored to have legendary fishing legend and avid turkey hunter Flip Pallot as our guest speaker, along with author and journalist Eddie Nickens.