Wildlife biologists Wayne Harris and Scot Talley visited us Wednesday to present a Stewardship Forest preservation plaque. Escambia County Forester Craig Iversen couldn’t be here because he is about to become a new dad again and needed to take his wife to a doctor’s appointment. Wayne and Scot walked all over Longleaf, returning hot, but enthused.
They were excited about this year’s planted pines, last year’s planted pines, the healthy crop of “volunteer” trees coming up, the pitcher plant prairie, the grasses, the profusion of wildflowers, and the abundance of woodpeckers.
Scot is one of several new hires at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Habitat Conservation Scientific Services, northwest Region. He and Wayne explained to us that an increasing number of landowners (of 25 acres or more) have gotten interested in working with them to actively manage their land to preserve forested areas, provide cover and shelter for wildlife, and encourage growth of native plants.
Encouraging news, and a special day in our woods.