Tuesday, August 8, 2017
This young man attended the Alabama Farmers Federation Commodity Meeting this past weekend in Birmingham. It is so important that we introduce young ones to the forest if we want them to have and understanding about forest management. This young man already claims his forest because he always says "My Bowden Grove" referring to our forestland.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Moths have been busy laying eggs on Dewberry Lands and thank goodness we have been having some good late spring rains. This is making the mushrooms sprout but it is exactly what we needed
since we had such a long drought in the fall that killed many trees in our area. We were blessed just to loose a few. We just hope it continues to rain through the summer and coming fall to give the stressed trees a boost.
Friday, May 5, 2017
We recently held "Walk in the Forest" for women on Dewberry Lands. This is a great program that we do for women and they really enjoy it. This program is a part of the American Tree Farm System under the American Forest Foundation. A grant from the Alabama Forest Foundation helped make this event possible. The Clay County Forestry Planning/ Treasure Forest Committee, and the Alabama (Clay County) Forestry Commission assisted with the program. The ladies started out with a welcome by Felicia Dewberry, landowner, followed by a walk through the hardwood forest with a short presentation given by Leigh Peters, Director of the Alabama Tree Farm Program. As the ladies came out of the hardwoods they observed a recent planting of Mountain Longleaf seedlings and looked over another tract of six year old longleaf trees that had a prescribed fire applied to them three times in the past six years. From this hill top a beautiful view of the Appalachian Mountains could be seen. Here, Gloria Nielsen, District Forester with the Talladega National Forest, talked to the ladies about the National Forest and opportunities for recreation in the forest.
At this time the ladies boarded the van to travel to Ekun Dutse Ke Lodge for lunch and fellowship. After the event each lady took home a gift for use on a future hike or picnic.
This is a great program for women of all ages to get out and enjoy the forest.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Two events that are coming up in the very near future. Both events look like they will be very informative to forest landowners. The first one deals with "Why are all so many pines dying?" and the second on is about how prescribed fire helps wildlife on your property.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Spring is a time for jobs that have been waiting for hunting season to end and work that needs to be completed before the weather gets too warm. One of those jobs is painting and repainting boundary lines. I have started painting but still have more to do. I try to keep these lines painted to identify where our property is located and to make it easier for my family members to know where our property is located.
My grandchildren see the blue paint on the trees when we are our enjoying the forest and say "Granddaddy this is our land". It gives me a feeling of accomplishment when they know what the paint represents and that they have a sense of pride in the fact that this forest is theirs and they are to take care of and manage it.
My oldest grandson is getting to the age where he can start doing little jobs to help with the management of our property. He is learning to identify plants that grow on our property. Last week I mentioned that the Red Buckeye was starting to leaf-out, it is one of the first plants in our area to put leaves out, and he wanted me to show him what it was. He was already identifying every Red Maple we saw without leaves but by the flowers. His Dad had shown him how to do that. His Dad is an expert on plant ID. As a child he was the top scorer in the Junior 4-H Forestry contest and in high school he was the top scorer in the FFA State Forestry contest.
People talk about getting children out in the forest and away from electronics. The best way to do this is by making them a part of the forest, taking an active roll in being outdoors. Look for things they can do to help make the forest a better place.