Vol. 4 | No. 2 | February 2011
Tall Timbers to host second Public Lands Summit
This April, Tall Timbers will host the second Public Lands Summit. This event follows the first Public Lands Summit held at Tall Timbers in November 2005, with Florida’s management agency leadership in attendance. At the meeting, it was recognized that there was a tremendous need for managing declining wildlife species on public lands in Florida by increasing prescribed fire frequency, managing timber, building partnerships and monitoring results. The outcome was the Upland Ecosystem Restoration Project (UERP), which through public-private partnerships now influences management on nine public land focal properties in Florida — influencing management on over 100,000 acres. UERP receives support and advice from its primary partners, which include: the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Division of Forestry, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the US Forest Service.
Attendees at the 2005 Public Lands Summit
The second Public Lands Summit will report to agency leaders, representatives, and conservation groups on the successful UERP model, the continuing challenges Florida faces in managing upland habitats, and develop a vision for the future of upland ecosystems in Florida.