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
Area Landowners Honored at Red Hills Spring Dinner
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.
Board Chairman Tom Rankin presented attorney Ken Hart of the Ausley-McMullen law firm with a plaque recognizing his outstanding contribution of assisting the Geraldine C. M. Livingston Foundation in gifting Dixie Plantation to Tall Timbers in 2013. Mr. Hart gave all the accolades to Geraldine M. Livingston:
Geraldine wanted the property to continue to reflect and be like other properties in the Red Hills. She wanted it to be a safe place for wildlife. She wanted the Continental Field Trial to continue here. She wanted the Dixie House preserved. We knew what she wanted, and I think Geraldine would be extremely pleased if she saw how things are now. Not only is her property preserved, but Tall Timbers research now allows her property to influence the management of properties throughout the Red Hills. It gives Tall Timbers a chance to not only give scientific advice but for area landowners to ask “did you do that?” and “did it work?”
The dinner program also recognized Tall Timbers’ 2017-2018 donors of 12 conservation easement properties.
Finally, Tall Timbers Land Conservancy Committee Chairman George Watkins presented a special recognition of the Ware Forest Acquisition Project. The 160-acre mature growth cypress tract in the Aucilla River was threatened by extensive logging. Homeowners from the Ashville Area Property Owners Association held off the logging trucks for as long as they could. The property’s location next to the Sneads Smokehouse Recreational Area made it a great conservation candidate for increased public access. David Ward, co-founder of the Aucilla/Wacissa River Group, spearheaded the effort to find a conservation outcome. Tom Weller, a Jefferson County landowner, played a crucial role in the transaction by contributing significant funds for the purchase and eventual transfer to the Suwannee River Water Management District. According to Mr. Watkins, “Tall Timbers used its new Red Hills Land Conservation Opportunity Fund to provide funding to assist Mr. Weller and the District to close the deal. Tall Timbers also received a grant from the Felburn Foundation.” Tall Timbers is grateful to all the parties who played a role in saving this majestic cypress tract on the beautiful Aucilla River.
The Dixie House event concluded with an elegant dinner catered by Rev Café of Monticello, Florida, using locally-sourced ingredients with a modern Southern flair. Guests enjoyed venison meatballs, fresh salad, shrimp and grits, and prime rib, topped off with satsuma cheesecake.
Tall Timbers wishes to thank the sponsors of this fundraising event, which directly contributed to completing the Dixie House restoration and rehabilitation project. The event drew 44 sponsors and around 200 guests.
Additional sponsors included Chas Cannon and David Ferro.