November 21, 2013

T. Herbert Stoddard: Founding Father of Ecosystem Management

Speaker: Jim Cox, Vertebrate Ecology Program Director
Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Social at 7:00 p.m. with Program at 7:30 p.m.
Historic Amtrak Station, 918 Railroad Avenue

T. Herbert Stoddard

T. Herbert Stoddard

If you use the phrase “ecosystem management” in an Internet search, you’ll find over a million entries, many of them associated with management of cherished national forests, state parks, and wildlife preserves. Did you know this approach to land management was first developed and practiced in a meaningful manner on Killearn Estates and other properties north of Tallahassee?

Herbert Stoddard was the consulting land manager for a vast swath of sports hunting estates that lie between Tallahassee and Thomasville. Killearn Plantation, which eventually became Maclay State Gardens and a large residential development, was one of the estates where Stoddard provided guidance on land management using natural types of disturbance that included use of frequent prescribed fire and natural regeneration of pines. Stoddard’s approach was unique at the time and was firmly guided by a philosophy of attempting to keep all attributes of a forest in place, including rare species. His efforts were admired far and wide by the likes of Aldo Leopold and other conservationists whose names are much better known today.

Jim Cox heads up the Stoddard Bird Lab at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy,, and will present details on this unique and little known piece of local history that now plays out on an international stage.