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The Unique and Irreplaceable Old-Growth Forests of the Red Hills Region

Jim Cox

Enlightening Bites Lecture Series
Friday, Dec 1, 2017
Flipper Room, Thomas County Public Library
12 P.M. to 1 P.M. 

Pebble Hill Plantation and the Thomas County Public Library are pleased to announce the upcoming Enlightening Bites program, The Unique and Irreplaceable Old-Growth Forests of the Red Hills Region on Friday, December 1 at 12 Noon in the Flipper Room of the library.  The program is being presented by Jim Cox.

Thomasville and surrounding areas in southwest Georgia were once dominated by extensive old-growth forests that featured wide-girth, centuries-old trees.  It’s hard to grasp the extent and appearance of these forests in today’s world, but small pockets of old-growth exist here and there that provide valuable insights into what was and what might be again with restoration.  In the case of the forested areas once dominated by longleaf pine, southwest Georgia has some of the best examples of old-growth pine forests anywhere on earth and nearly 20% of the total acreage that remains. These facts underscore the unique qualities of the Red Hills region and provide testament to the exemplary land stewardship that has been practiced.  The presentation will discuss some of the unique ecological qualities of old-growth forests of the region and why it’s important to think more seriously about restoring old-growth characteristics, where appropriate, on public lands.  

The Enlightening Bites Lecture Series is co-sponsored by Pebble Hill Plantation and the Thomas County Public Library.  Attendees are invited to bring their lunch.  Drinks are provided.  The series is free and open to the public.

 

 

Field Trip with Tall Timbers Research Station’s, Jim Cox 

Saturday, December 2, 2017 

This trip will complement the Enlightening Bites lecture that will take place this Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at the TCPL.

Saturday’s field trip begins at 9:00 AM and will feature a wagon tour of one of the region’s few remaining old-growth stands of longleaf pine.  The stand is located on Melrose Plantation and features 200-year-old trees, pockets of native groundcover containing phenomenal species richness, and cavity trees used by the imperiled Red-cockaded Woodpecker.  Participants will learn about the unique characteristics of old-growth longleaf forests as well as get first-hand looks at some of the special plants and wildlife these forests support.  Each tour will last approximately 1.5 hours. 

The event is free, but reservations are required.  Call Lori Curtis at Pebble Hill Plantation: 229-227-5390

We recommend long pants and comfortable shoes.
Bring your camera and binoculars and join us.

 

 

PEBBLE HILL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES STAFF CHANGES

Wallace Goodman, Director, retired after 18 years of service.  According to Pebble Hill Foundation Board member, Nancy Ireland Stahl, “Wallace came to Pebble Hill in 1999.  

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Welcome. . .
Jess McGuire

Jess McGuire, Wildlife Biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently began a new assignment in the Thomasville area, including Pebble Hill Plantation. McGuire, along with Jim Cox, Tall Timbers Vertebrate Ecology Program Director, were at Pebble Hill Wednesday afternoon to acquaint McGuire with PHP employees and the nesting areas of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker.  (Pictured left to right: Jess McGuire, Jim Cox)

 

 

Congratuations, Rita

Our Main House volunteer docent, Rita Kelsay, has now volunteered over 100 hours with us!  Volunteers are almost unheard of these days and to have one as dedicated as Rita has been, it is something really special.

 

 

 

toasting the return

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class tripClass Field Trip

Second grade students at Scott Elementary took a field trip to Pebble Hill Plantation which proved to be both fun and educational! Teachers at Scott expressed that Head Docent,Lori Curtis and her staff did an awesome job of providing students with a memorable experience! Students were engaged by using maps to locate places on the grounds of Pebble Hill. The scavenger hunt tested students' knowledge of concepts and provided teachers an opportunity to extend learning after returning to the classroom. The visit to Pebble Hill generated lots of discussion and students were anxious to write about their experiences!  Scott's second grade teachers are already looking forward to taking their students to Pebble Hill Plantation  for the 2014-2015 school year.

 

 

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Thanks Four Oaks Home School Group for touring with us on October 3.

 

 

 

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Michelle SunsetNew Intern

Michelle Sunset is completing a 320 hour internship as part of her M.A. in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies at Florida State University. She will be graduating in May 2014. She earned her B.A. in History from the University of North Florida. Having spent the summer interning at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, she is working towards a future career in the museum/historic home field. Currently, Michelle is working on cataloguing and organizing the Pebble Hill archives.

 

MunningsMunnings Out in the Open

The National Sporting Library & Museum is hosting an exhibit called  "Munnings: Out in the Open," which includes Pebble Hill's Munnings painting "My Horse is My Friend: The Artist's Wife & Isaac."  The Munnings returned home after this exhibit on September 25, 2013.

 

 

CaraNew Events Manager Hired

Cara Dollinger becomes part of the Pebble Hill Plantation staff, following the promotion of Whitney White to Main House Museum Manager. Read More

 

 

WhitneyWhitney White Promotion

The Pebble Hill Foundation Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the promotion of Whitney White to Main House Museum Manager effective July 1. Read More

 

 

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