Tall Timbers Research Foundation

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Our Mission

For over 50 years Tall Timbers’ mission has been to foster exemplary land stewardship through research, conservation and education.

Research

The goal of our research programs is to better understand the ecology of our ecosystems and apply that understanding toward better land stewardship. Our stewardship ethic supports productive and sustainable use of land, including hunting and forestry, in a manner that maintains ecosystem health and native wildlife populations.

The Fire Ecology Program conducts research to provide the public with applicable, science-based information on the appropriate use of fire for maintaining natural plant communities while protecting the health and safety of the public. Research focuses on both plant ecology and fire science, including fire behavior, emissions, remote sensing, and fire effects on soil.

The Game Bird Program sets the national standard for Northern Bobwhite management through dedicated long-term research. Given the socio-economic importance of bobwhite to the Red Hills and its conservation value regionally, we conduct research on a wide variety of topics and sites to establish best management practices for bobwhites.

The Stoddard Bird Lab conducts problem-solving research designed to improve conditions for the many declining birds associated with fire-maintained ecosystems. The Stoddard Lab also makes use of innovative tools designed to help endangered species like the Red-cockaded Woodpecker on private lands and has received numerous national awards for its scientific contributions, conservation initiatives, and effective outreach.

Conservation

Established in 1990, the nationally accredited Tall Timbers Land Conservancy has become one of the largest regional land trusts in the country, conserving over 130,000 acres of land from Tallahassee, Florida to Albany, Georgia. Our conservation easements protect working lands that provide critical upland wildlife habitat and intact wetland ecosystems, vital to the health and wellbeing of the region.

The Land Conservancy also works closely with communities on “smart growth” planning and advocacy, and is engaged in coordinating a Red Hills Awareness Initiative to enhance local awareness and understanding of the importance of the Red Hills region and increase support for its long-term conservation.

Education

Tall Timbers strives to educate our constituents and the public with science-based information delivered at field days, conferences, seminars, and environment days, as well as communicated through our website and digital and print publications.

Our History

  • Incorporated in 1958 through a gift from Henry Beadel of his 2,800-acre hunting plantation;
  • Established as a fire-type nature preserve to look at the long-term effects of fire on plants, animals and game birds in particular;
  • Focused on the management of land for the benefit of bobwhite quail and other wildlife that live in the pinewoods/grassland of our region;
  • Acquired an additional 10,000 acres through gifts, bequests and purchases for a total of 13,000 acres now under Tall Timbers’ management.

Our Vision

  • To be the leading center of excellence in science-based best practices for wildlife and wildland management;
  • To protect and preserve the greater Red Hills region and its community values;
  • To ensure that hunting and traditional rural land uses remain strong and viable;
  • To serve as a model for other communities in successful conservation programming and planning.

Our Challenges

  • Protecting the right to use fire as a land management tool;
  • Quail and other open piney woods songbird populations in the greater southeast continue to decline in alarming numbers;
  • Urban sprawl in the Tallahassee area has grown 1500% over 50 years;
  • Environmental threats to clean air, clean water and traditional land uses continue to change and increase.

To get involved or join as a member, please visit our website http://talltimbers.org/support-tall-timbers/ (Brian, please make this link a live link).  For more information please contact the Development Office at: 850-893-4153 x249.