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About Our Auction
Honoring Gene Phipps
Sunday, September 15, 2019
at Glen Arven Country Club
1700 Old Monticello Road, Thomasville, Georgia
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
Blue Springs Plantation • Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Corbett • Four Oaks Plantation • Kate Ireland Foundation •
North Florida Animal Hospital • Anne & Colin Phipps • Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Phipps • Kay and Tom Rankin •
Cyndi & George Watkins
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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 - GENE PHIPPS
Gene Phipps was four years old when his parents moved their family from New York to Leon County in 1936. Clippy and Ben chose the Red Hills area because it reminded them so much of their beloved Kenya, with its rolling hills and few trees. Gene shared, “it’s hard to imagine the Red Hills as almost treeless rolling hills, compared to what we all know now as hilly pine and oak forests.”
Gene’s love for nature was cultivated at an early age by his mother and father, who were always interested and fascinated by the natural world. Growing up on a large plantation gave Gene the perfect surrounding to nurture his love for the outdoors. As Gene so often says, “there was always something interesting to see or do.” It was these experiences that embedded the deep appreciation for all of the beautiful things, flora and fauna, that call the Red Hills home.
Gene believes that Tall Timbers’ diverse and cutting-edge research represents one of the most important investments in understanding how nature intertwines and bonds us all. Local landowners, who have provided field research experience for Tall Timbers’ scientists and associates, have opened up endless opportunities. Tall Timbers has shown the integral relationship fire plays in fire-dependent ecosystems. Imagine what the Red Hills’ natural habitat would look like today without prescribed fire? Gene is excited that Tall Timbers continues to evolve in its quest for ecological understanding.
Gene is grateful to have had the opportunity to carry on a small part of his parent’s legacy in land conservation. He is adamant in his conviction, that as stewards, it is vital that we encourage our next generations to learn more about the natural inheritances, and experience first-hand the beauty and complexities mother nature provides each and every one of us.
Many things have changed since Gene began this journey, but not his love and respect for the Red Hills and its extraordinary nature.