and Services Land and
Services and Facilities Available
through the Coastal Plains Institute for making natural history documentary
films based out of the Institute's headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida.
Equipment and Services:
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- two 4-wheel-drive
Toyota king-cab trucks and drivers.
- a 500-square foot
filming studio in downtown Tallahassee close to hardware and lumber
supply stores (for set building) and handy to the Tallahassee Regional
- Tools and equipment
for conducting prescribed burns, AND prescribe burning experience (certified
equipment and 30+ years' of experience. Captive snakes available for
filming include eastern diamondback rattlesnake, cottonmouth, canebrake
(=timber) rattlesnake, copperhead, and nonvenomous native Florida snakes.
- Access to red
wolf, black bear, bobcat, Florida panther (=cougar), whitetail deer,
otter, and other mammals at nearby wildlife parks.
- Access to local
birds through several injured bird keepers/facilities and a birds of
prey center (3 hours' drive north).
- Access to buffalo
(bison) at state park and private owners.
- Tools for constructing
- Chainsaws, axes,
- Canoes and other
boats and motors.
- Pretty much most
of what you need. If the Coastal Plains Institute doesn't have it, we
can arrange to get it.
Land and Habitats:
- CPI owns an 80-acre
tract of land in the middle of the Apalachicola National Forest (1 1/4
hour drive southwest of Tallahassee) with quick and easy access to all
the native wetland and upland habitats in flatwoods of the Coastal Plain.
This tract and an adjacent 30 acres of native longleaf pine forest are
burned annually and can be used to film fire ecology. A blackwater stream
runs through the tract with cypress and tupelo forest along it. A 150-acre
wet flat resplendent with pitcher plants and other carnivorous bog plants
runs into one corner of the property and is available for filming. The
property is close to deep cypress/tupelo swamps in the floodplain of
Florida's largest river, the Apalachicola River. Also, all the native
vegetation of the 500,000-acre Apalachicola National Forest is available
adjacent to the site.
- CPI owns and manages
a 170-acre wet flat on Perdido Bay in Pensacola (2 hour drive west of
Tallahassee) which is being managed to recover the native pitcher plant/carnivorous
plant landscape using annual May-June prescribed burns. This is restoration
ecology at its best. We are using fire alone to recover the natural
- Access to Wakulla
Springs State Park with the wild and lovely Wakulla River hardwood bottomland
swamp and exotic spring-run river animals such as the limpkin.
- Access to other
large springs and spring-run rivers and their adjacent hardwood bottomland
hardwood swamps in north Florida such as the Wacissa/Aucilla, St. Marks,
Econfina, Itchetucknee, and others.
- Access to the
150,000-acre St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge with coastal native
vegetation including hydric hammock, palm forest, mysterious springs
and spring-run rivers, longleaf pine sandhills, coastal freshwater and
- Access to the
relieved terrain of north Florida: ravines and steepheads of the Apalachicola
River and Eglin AFB. Home to endemic and relict plants and animals that
moved south during Pleistocene cold climates
- 285 ponds within
20 minutes drive of Tallahassee that are part of a long-term study of
pond hydrology and vertebrate life cycles. Small temporary ponds among
this set of ponds contain up to 30 species of frogs, salamanders, and
turtles (no fish) that utilize such ponds exclusively in their life
cycles. Other, more permanent ponds, have 10 or more species of fish
and a different suite of frogs, salamanders, and turtles.
- CPI can provide
any Coastal Plain habitat, animal, or plant for filming. Contact us
at email@example.com or 850-681-6208.
For more information contact Bruce Means at:
Coastal Plains Institute
1313 Milton Street
Tallahassee, FL 32303
D. Bruce Means PhD.