Category: History & Culture

Richard Shine left legacy of historic buildings in Tallahassee

published in Tallahassee Democrat, March 2016 Goodwood, the 1845 Capitol, First Presbyterian Church, the Bloxham House and the Chittenden House were all built by Richard Alexander Shine. There were many other public buildings and fine residences that no longer stand that were built by Shine in Tallahassee. Yet he is remembered only by a few, […]

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Roaming the Red Hills on WFSU-TV

Roaming the Red Hills | Longleaf, Lakes, Fire, & Food Heres is a quick preview of our upcoming series, Roaming the Red Hills. The segments will air in three installments on WFSU-TV’s Local Routes, starting on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 pm ET.  Meanwhile, here on the Ecology Blog we’ll take our usual deeper look […]

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Enjoy that sinking feeling along Aucilla Sinks

by Doug Alderson.  Published in Tallahassee Democrat 1/14/16 The 19th century young adult novelist Kirk Munroe certainly knew about the mysterious Aucilla Sinks when he wrote “Wakulla” in 1885. He accurately described the unique area where the Aucilla River dips underground for several miles and emerges for short stretches in a series of dark sinks […]

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Working dogs of Red hills helped on farms, hunts

by Natasha Hartsfield, published September 3, 2015, Tallahassee Democrat For centuries people have known that dogs possess heightened senses that exceed human ability. Dogs have been used to herd, hunt, track, rescue, assist, guide and comfort, in addition to serving as officers of the law and as soldiers in times of war. Historically, people in […]

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Glimpse the past at Tall Timbers tour of tenant house

by Juanita Whiddon, published 8/4/15, Tallahassee Democrat The story of tenant farm families at Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy illustrates a unique time in United States history. Tenant farm structures were once common sights on the Southern rural landscape, but few remain today. Tenant farming and sharecropping appeared shortly after the end of […]

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Working dogs of Red Hills helped on farms, hunts

by Natasha Hartsfield, published 9/3/15, Tallahassee Democrat For centuries people have known that dogs possess heightened senses that exceed human ability. Dogs have been used to herd, hunt, track, rescue, assist, guide and comfort, in addition to serving as officers of the law and as soldiers in times of war. Historically, people in our region […]

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Clearcutting the Longleaf forest

Oberon and Titania’s martial strife has led to ecological upheaval. What does Shakespeare have to say about man’s relationship to nature? In EcoShakespeare, scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream take on new meaning as we superimpose them on the ecology of north Florida and south Georgia. Episode 1 takes into a rare old growth longleaf […]

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Sharing Water Conference-Farmers work to protect aquifer

On October 2 through 4, 2014, Monticello, Florida hosted the Sharing Water Conference. Legislators, geologists, legal experts, water managers, and farmers met to discuss the future of the Floridan aquifer. Extending from South Carolina to Orlando, the Floridan is not only large, but has been well protected by its geology, housing what is considered to […]

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