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Summer 2019 | Vol 12 | No 3

Tall Timbers and many other conservation organizations are working overtime to understand and respond to the ramifications of Florida Senate bill 7068, which authorized the creation of the Multi-Use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance program (M-CORES).
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With the recent passing of Board member George W. Willson, Floridians and the Tall Timbers community have lost one of the most accomplished land conservationists in the state.
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The quail hatch through July has been good, but not record setting in the Red Hills and Albany areas in terms of per capita production. Adult survival has been slightly above average on Tall Timbers and Dixie Plantation, yielding average to slightly above average nest production and brood production for the Red Hills and Albany regions through the midpoint of the breeding season.
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This summer Tall Timbers was honored with the opportunity to welcome members of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma back to their ancestral lands and share the latest in prescribed fire science. This pairing of sacred places and modern science is an intentional approach detailed by Theodore Isham and Brigita Leader in a grant awarded by the Cultural Resources Fund to the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.
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Check out these upcoming Tall Timbers’ events happening this fall: Economic Trade-Offs and Quail Management Field Workshop, Safe Harbor Workshop, Orvis Fly Fishing School, Red Hills Fall Field Day, South Carolina Bobwhite Funding Partnership Event & Auction, and Kevin’s and Holland & Holland’s 4th Annual Southern Game Fair.
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A new watercolor exhibit, Scenes from the Red Hills VI, opens at the Webster Gallery, September 8 and will be up until November 22. The artist represented are members of the Tallahassee Area Watercolor Society.
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Morgan Varner has been hired as the Director of Fire Research at Tall Timbers. Tall Timbers has made significant investments in fire research, training, and outreach as a result of the institution’s strategic plan goal to expand, improve and protect the use of prescribed fire.
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Tall Timbers returned to Mexico this summer. Following last year’s training in Campeche, Fire Training Specialist Greg Seamon was invited back to conduct Phase II of prescribed fire training in Guadalajara for twenty-six participants representing CONAFOR (National Forestry Commission of Mexico), CONANP (National Commission for Natural Protected Areas), UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico), and ProNatura (Mexico’s largest environmental organization).
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Private properties provide habitat for over 90% of the rare species found in the United States. Rare species on private lands have often led to some contentious battles, but a number of new programs now exist that benefit rare species and property owners collectively.
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Mark your calendars for the third Red Hills Fire Festival on Saturday, January 25, 2020, hosted at Tall Timbers from 11:00 to 3:00 PM. Fire Festival is one of our general public prescribed fire outreach initiatives to increase familiarity with fire and understanding of the ecological benefits.
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