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Red Hills to the Coast, Connecting Land and Water


Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy  will improve water quality, wildlife habitat and economic opportunities on 20,000 acres in the watersheds of the Aucilla and St. Marks River watersheds. Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy will enroll at least 2,000 acres in conservation easements and provide technical and financial assistance to improve land management covering 15,000 acres in the St. Marks River and Aucilla River watersheds. Forest managers will focus on prescribed burning, brush management to reduce fuel loads, invasive plant treatments, improving water quality and fisheries in the Apalachee Bay and other site-specific projects to improve water quality and restore natural ecosystems. 

Community events will raise awareness about conservation practices and encourage connections with the natural resources in the watersheds. This pair of adjoining watersheds contains conserved, well-managed natural habitats that allow for an increase in populations for listed wildlife species, improved water quality for residents, and economic benefits to surrounding communities. Some of the largest springs in the country, archaeological sites 14,500 years old, long corridors of conservation lands, and an almost unmatched species diversity make the project area special from the Red Hills to the coast. The project spans 2020 through 2025.

Red Hills to the Coast, Connecting Land and Water

Partners

Suwannee River Water Management District
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge 
Aucilla Research Institute 
Wakulla Environmental Institute
Apalachee Audubon Society