In a Conservation Easement with Tall Timbers Land Conservancy

| R. Hays Cummins | | Western Program |

In 2012, Donna and I purchased ~150 acres of land in the Florida Big Bend region ESE of Tallahassee. To some people this land may not hold much value. To us, however, it's paradise! The property consists of a huge freshwater wetland, mixed hardwood forests, tupelo gum and cypress dominated swamps, and scrub oak forests. Live oaks are abundant. Trails run through the property. Wildlife is abundant!

Our dream was to put the property in a conservation easement similar to what we've done with our Ohio property known asĀ Edge of the Farm Conservation Area--(easement with the excellent Three Valley Conservation Trust). We placed our Florida conservation easement with the outstandingĀ Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy. The property, known as Florida Big Bend Wildlands Preserve, with the exception of a small homesite, will forever be protected from development.

Our vision is to conserve biodiversity and to educate and share with others some of the many natural wonders of the world around us.

This page is currently in development and will change over time. If you have any questions, we can be reached at bigbendwildlands@gmail.com


  • "Wild Hogs""-not the movie- (Sus scrofa) are non-native Florida invasives. They wreck havoc on our ecosystems. They are prolific breeders and difficult to eradicate. We have started hunting pigs at the Florida Big Bend Wildlands Preserve in order to put a small dent in the population size. Here are some images from trail cameras, successful hunts and meat processing. Thanks to Tommy and Lamar Aman for coaching us through the process and graciously offering us use of your facilities.
  • A great late fall THANKSGIVING 2018 visit to Big Bend Wildlands Preserve
  • VISITORS and STEWARDS to Big Bend Wildlands Preserve Thanks folks for playing a part in our conservation project!
  • We have lots of wildlife at the preserve. Here are a few images taken with trail cameras - WILDLIFE Photos at and near the Big Bend Wildlands Preserve
  • The scenery at the preserve is beautiful! Here we have a number of LANDSCAPE PHOTOS that capture a little bit of the beauty of the property.
  • CLOUDS at Big Bend Wildlands Preserve! I guess that you can say that I like clouds!
  • INSECTS & ARACNIDS of all Denominations!
  • Some Aerial PHOTOGRAPHY of the property using a drone!
  • December 2018 Aerial PHOTOGRAPHY including some beautiful sunrise shots!
  • A fine mix or Potpourri of PLANTS & ANIMALS found at the Florida Big Bend Wildlands Preserve


    Winter Drone Flight Perspectives, December, 2018 and January 2019 Can you spot the otters?

    A Bird's eye view of Aman's Pond from 400 feet, Aug 2018
    BIRDS and OTHER FLIERS at St Marks National Wildlife Refuge. It is a short distance away from our FL location.

    We've built three Bird Observation Platform--->SLIDESHOWS that overlook our large freshwater wetland. Each structure provides fantastic views of the scenery and wildlife in Aman's Pond. These structures include:

    SLIDESHOW-Cottonmouth Alley Observation Deck Construction-Jan 2018. Located in along the central north shore of Aman's Pond, the platform is situated to get fantastic views of Aman's Pond and the wildlife within.

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