Magnolia Chapter FNPS

Fire, Tree-ring Research and Fungi in Old-growth Pine Savannas of Florida and the Southeastern Coastal Plain. 

Presentation by Jean Huffman
Thursday, October 4th, 7:00 p.m.
Room 1024, King Bldg, 319 Stadium Dr., Tallahassee
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Old longleaf and slash pines are a beautiful, rare and vital part of southern pine savannas. These trees also provide irreplaceable records of a great variety of natural and human history within their growth-rings. Jean will talk about the past, present and future of fire history tree-ring studies she has been working on in Florida and S. Georgia. She will bring an assortment of beautiful cross-sections of the old trees that have been used to construct some of her Florida fire histories (from Little St. George Island and Avon Park Air Force Range) that will be available to just look at - or to take home as “premiums” if you would like to contribute to her new “Florida Legacy Pines” fundraiser to support this research. She will also give a short introduction to the ongoing fire, plants and fungi research at the living old-growth Longleaf stand at the Wade Tract.

About our presenter, Jean Huffman

Jean Huffman is a fire ecologist and land manager. She and is currently focused on fire history research, directing the Southeastern Coastal Plain Tree Ring Lab and Archive at Tall Timbers, highlighting the importance of Florida’s last old pines, and promoting the preservation and best management of Florida natural areas. She is continuing work reconstructing the history of fire in several sites in Florida and southern Georgia. Her Ph.D., on fire histories of the Florida Panhandle, is from Louisiana State University and her M.Sc., on pine lilies and flatwoods and dry prairie restoration, is from University of Florida. She has worked for decades with on-the-ground fire and land management in Florida, most recently as the manager of the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve, and previously as biologist at Myakka River State Park. Currently she is also working on a study of fire, plants and fungi at the Wade Tract and St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve.

Field Trip: Flint Rock Preserve

Friday, Oct 12th
US-98 & Lighthouse Rd (near the fire tower)
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


We will meet to form a car pool at 9:00 a.m. by the fire tower at the intersection of US 98 and Lighthouse Rd. (Last chance restroom opportunities prior to the meetup can be found at gas stations at Woodville Rd (363) & Bloxham Cutoff Rd (267),  or Woodville Rd (363) & US 98, or at the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge visitor center).


Brian Pelc will lead a field trip to the Flint Rock Preserve where we will see some early comparative results of restoration techniques that are being used to restore longleaf pine in the flatwoods.

Prior to this field trip, Brian Pelk, Restoration Project Manager, The Nature Conservancy, will also be giving a presentation on this topic to the Friends of the Apalachicola National Forest (FANF) on Monday, October 8 (see our separate calendar event).  Jean Huffman (our Oct 4 meeting presenter) and Ace Haddock will also be speaking at this FANF meeting which we encourage you to attend because it will provide background information that you will need to fully appreciate this field trip.

We will meet to form a car pool at 9:00 a.m. by the fire tower at the intersection of US 98 and Lighthouse Rd. (Last chance restroom opportunities prior to the meetup can be found at gas stations at Woodville Rd (363) & Bloxham Cutoff Rd (267),  or Woodville Rd (363) & US 98, or at the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge visitor center).

The field trip will involve driving on some rough dirt roads. We will be starting with 3 stops which are accessible in an all-wheel drive vehicle, but continuing on to the 4th stop will require a true 4-wheel drive vehicle. Please RSVP to Helen Roth,, with your name(s), type of vehicle, and if you are willing to be a car pool driver. Call 850-980-1941 if you have any questions.

Please remember to bring the usual personal field trip items such as water, snack, bug spray, suntan lotion, sun/insect protection clothing, hiking stick...


Helen Roth, (850)-980-1941,

Friends of Apalachicola National Forest (FANF) 
Sarracenia Chapter 

Why the Roadsides and Your Yard Matter: Sustaining Critical Habitats for the Pollinators / Liz Sparks and Eleanor Dietrich / Wakulla Public Library, 4330 Crawfordville Hwy, Crawfordville, FL 32327

Join Liz Sparks and Eleanor Dietrich of the Panhandle Wildflower Alliance as they discuss the importance of creating habitat corridors for pollinators and other wildlife through modified management of roadsides.  They will also share how individuals can help conserve pollinators by using native plants in their own yards. Eleanor will discuss the native plants that can be used in different seasons and habitats, particularly focusing on fall wildflowers. Eleanor is an excellent photographer and will be sharing some of her stunning shots of roadside wildflowers.

Apalachee Audubon Society
The Importance of Volunteers to the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge with Scott Davis, Refuge Biologist, USFWS – St Marks
Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:00 PM  9:30 PM
King Life Science Building319 Stadium DriveTallahasee, FL

Come enjoy a great talk about the power that local volunteers provide to help St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge achieve many significant conservation goals.
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“Part One: The Girls Are Missing”  is Sunday, October 7 at 8pm ET/PT
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The Monarch-Milkweed Initiative at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday 9AM-12PM

Upcoming Programs for 2018-2019

October 4th - Jean Huffman - From Seeds to Stumps - Six Short Stories of Old Southern Pines

November 1st - Emily Coffey - Ex situ and In situ conservation effort for North America's rarest conifer, Torreya Taxifolia

December 6th - Reed Noss - Florida Needs Fire!

January 3rd - Houston Snead - The Longleaf Pine Ecosystem and Conservation of a Rare Orchid - Platanthera chapmanii, Chapman's Fringed Orchid

February 7th - Peter Kleinhenz - Botanizing by Phone: Using iNaturalist to Learn, Document and Conserve Florida's Wildflowers

March 7th - Kevin Hiers - How Fine Scale Fire Behavior Maintains Biodiversity in Southern Pine Ecosystems

April 4th - Harley Means - Our Local Surficial Geology Dissected: How Surficial Geology Affects Ravine Development

May 2nd - Craig Huegel - Roots and How They Work

For additional and updated details about the Thursday evening programs and the accompanying Saturday morning field trips, please refer to our chapter's website calendar page.

Get involved with workday opportunities...

Angus Gholson Nature Park - contact Diana Picklesimer at

Maclay Gardens Native Arboretum - contact Ann Johnson at

Milkweed initiative - check Facebook - Monarch-Milkweed-Initiative@st. marks nwr

Seek and Destroy Coral Ardesia - Katie Pearson, FSU Plant Club at

TorreyaKeepers - contact Leigh Brooks at

Upsy Daisy Plant Rescue Society - contact Gail Fishman at

Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, Lost Creek Forest, and Cherokee Pollinator Garden - contact Beth Grant at

Other Events

Friends of the Apalachicola National Forest: Facebook

Sarracenia Chapter: Facebook

Hairstreak Chapter of NABA: Calendar 

Apalachee Audubon : Calendar 

Monarch-Milkweed Initiative: Facebook

In Memory of Jack Stites... We will miss him!

Eleanor Dietrich created this Flickr album to help us preserve our memories of Jack:

Add your memories to this album by sending some of your favorite photos of Jack to Eleanor at This link has also been posted to our chapter's website Links page.

Meeting schedule: 1st Thursday of the month from September through May. Come to socialize at 7:00, chapter meeting at 7:30, and program at 7:45 PM.

Meeting Place: King Building on the FSU Campus (319 Stadium Drive) Room 1024 – Free evening campus parking at the parking garage south of the King Building off Stadium Drive, or the parking lot east of the King Building following Psychology Way south from Call Street. Room 1024 is at the back of the King Building - see campus map at for meeting location.
All meetings are free and open to the public.
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