Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thinning a Sixteen Year Old Stand


 BEFORE

AFTER

This is the goal of a first thinning of sixteen year old loblolly pines.  We are in the middle of this thin taking place right now.  This thin will help these trees to grow into a mature forest and the sunlight hitting the forest floor allows many new plants to grow that benefits wildlife.

This logging deck will become a wildlife opening.  This spot is just being prepare for the thinning to begin. It takes lots of room for an eighteen wheeler to turn around and get the trailer in place to load the logs.

As the timber is harvested we do everything possible to control erosion. The limbs and straw removed from the trees as the logs are prepared for loading onto the trucks are scattered on the logging trails.  This mulch here is about eight inches thick.  It will act as a sponge to release the water back into the soil.
This is a major project on our property at this time.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Pollinators

The lack of pollinators has become a concern nation wide but today our flowers are really being worked by the butterflies before cold weather sets in.  It is very peaceful watching them as the fanatically try to get all their work complete. 
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Great Announcement


This is just being announced now on al.com that Georgia Pacific is about to spend $100 million on the old Talladega GP mill for a new lumber mill.  This will help stabilize and provide for jobs in Clay County, truck drivers, loggers, foresters and some my work at the lumber mill. This is great news for the private forest landowners in our area,  no more having to ship saw-logs over 90 miles! 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Train Them Up Right


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 And Mushrooms

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

Women's Walk In The Forest

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.