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21st Annual Kate Ireland Memorial Dinner & Auction
Sunday, September 16, 2018
at Glen Arven Country Club
1700 Old Monticello Road, Thomasville, Georgia
6:00 PM - Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7:45 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM - Silent Auction closes/ Live Auction opens
The Kate Ireland Memorial Dinner & Auction is a fundraising event held annually benefiting Tall Timbers Foundation, Inc. for Tall Timbers' research and conservation programs.
Presented in part by
Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Corbett • Four Oaks Plantation • Kate Ireland Foundation •
Mr. and Mrs. John Wesley Langdale III • North Florida Animal Hospital • Kay and Tom Rankin •
Visiting Angels of Tallahassee • Cyndi and George Watkins
About Tall Timbers
Tall Timbers is a widely regarded information resource for the areas of fire ecology, game bird management, vertebrate ecology and forestry. The Research Station is recognized as the home of the study of fire ecology and is an advocate to protect the right to use prescribed fire for land management. And, the Land Conservancy is recognized as one of the nation’s leading land trusts, as it has protected traditional land uses in north Florida and south Georgia by conserving more than 135,000 acres in this region through conservation easements.
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Live Event Information
The Honoree - JAMES R. KARELS
James “Jim” Karels is the Florida State Forester and Director of the Florida Forest Service. Thanks to Jim's leadership, Florida burns more land than any other state in the country with the use of prescribed fire. In addition to promoting the safe and frequent use of fire, Jim is a nationally recognized expert in wildfire prevention and control.
A native of rural western Minnesota, or the “Prairie Pothole Region,” Jim graduated with a degree in Forest Management from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Deborah, have lived in Tallahassee for 30 years and have two adult sons, Joe and Ben. They enjoy spending time outdoors and have had many family hunting and fishing adventures together. In his spare time, Jim combines his love for the outdoors and his support of veterans, and oversees Operation Outdoor Freedom, the largest outdoor program for disabled veterans in the state of Florida.
Jim is a national leader in both prescribed fire and wildfire management with over 37 years of experience. Even as Florida’s population approaches 21 million, Jim’s passion to protect and expand Florida’s prescribed fire program within the Florida Forest Service and for all burners statewide is evident. With his leadership and through sound legislation, effective implementation, and successful partnerships with organizations such as Tall Timbers, the Florida Forest Service has expanded prescribed burning to over 2.3 million acres per year across the state.
Prescribed fire reduces wildfire threat and is the most valuable land management tool we have in the southeast. Jim believes working together to educate landowners can preserve our burning heritage in Florida, which will ultimately preserve our forested ecosystems, enhance our wildlife and protect our citizens.
Tall Timbers is proud to honor Jim for his tireless efforts to promote the safe use of prescribed fire!