October 24, 2013

The Billion Dollar Industry Just North of Tallahassee 

Speaker:  Neil Fleckenstein, Planning Coordinator, Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Social at 7:00 p.m. with Program at 7:30 p.m.
Historic Amtrak Station, 918 Railroad Avenue

TallTimbers sun-in-trees

Ecosystem services are the tangible benefits that nature provides for people. The services include water purification, drinking water recharge, climate regulation, air purification, and many others. The value of ecosystem services provided to Tallahassee and surrounding populations by forest lands in the Red Hills region was recently quantified by economists at the University of Georgia. The answer: over $1.1 billion annually in critical natural services.

Neil Fleckenstein, Planning Coordinator for Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy, www.talltimbers.org, will provide an overview of the tremendous ecosystem services that lie amid the private lands just north of Tallahassee. Neil is responsible for community and environmental planning activities and issue-based advocacy efforts to ensure the sustainability of the Red Hills region of north Florida and southwest Georgia. The Red Hills has been designated by the Nature Conservancy as one of “America’s Last Great Places.” Neil has served as a manager for a number of projects including the Red Hills Valuation of Ecosystem Services project; the Red Hills Cost of Community Services project; and the Red Hills Economic Impact Analysis project.

Prior to coming to Tall Timbers in 2002, Neil served as Senior Planner at the Apalachee Regional Planning Council where he coordinated the Council’s emergency management and hazard mitigation planning programs.

Learn more here (.pdf).