Friday, February 23, 2018

Ladies Workshop A Success

Below are pictures from the two day event where women left after a great learning experience with the goals to improve their forest land.  There were many great presenters and the outdoor activities were enjoyed by all, by being out in the beautiful early spring weather in the forest.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

ForestHer Workshop

In February we will be hosting a workshop for women that are interested in forestry. If you want to register for this workshop go to
Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 1, 2018

A New Year

This is a welcomed sign on Dewberry Lands but it also means many task will have to be completed this year: site prep work for planting longleaf pines. This includes road work, firebreak construction, applying herbicides, prescribed burning and planting.
These two loads, one with 12 inch tops and the other with 9 inch tops will help pay the way for reforestation cost where they are being harvested from.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Snow Beautiful, but Snow Damage

Below are some of the pictures made during the snow of 2017.  Some places had 10 inches while others had up to 15 inches.  Snow can be so beautiful but it can be so aggravating once it is gone.

Tree Farm and Treasure Forest signs in the snow.

Panoramic view from Ekun Duts Ke Lodge

Snow in the mature oaks

12- 15 inches of snow at one of the game food plots 

The "Abominable Snowman" loblolly pine

Snow cover at Ekun Duts Ke Lodge

Snow in the six year old longleaf pines😏

Snow in a newly thinned loblolly stand😒

Roads covered with downed trees after the snow

The results of snow in the loblolly stand that had just been thinned.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Peregrine Falcon Visits Lodge

The other day we had a young peregrine falcon visit us at Ekun Duts Ke Lodge.
It came down the chimney into the wood heater.  The grandchildren heard a commotion in the heater and went over to check it out. At first they though it was an owl but when we opened the door of the wood heater we saw it was a falcon.  
Next we had to figure out how to get it out and set it free.  I put on gloves and opened the door to reach for the falcon and it quickly flew past me and out into the lodge it went. The granddaughters screamed as it flew by.  It flew upstairs to a window where it stayed until I could go up and there it allowed me to catch it.  All the grandchildren had to pet it before we then took the falcon out to be set free.  
The video below was made by my grandson as we set the falcon free.  It flew off into the big sky, happy to be back in his world.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Busy Time

With all the holidays and meetings that take place in October it makes it hard sometimes to get time to make post on what is going on with Dewberry Lands.  Clay County Forestry Planning Committee recently assisted and provided guidance to Randolph County for a tour on the property of their Helene Mosley Award Winner.  My wife and I traveled to Florence, Alabama to the Treasure Forest Annual meeting which was a great success.  We attended the Farmer of the Year Dinner in Valdosta, Georgia and Ag Expo. We then hosted at Ekun Duts Ke Lodge our fourth quarter State Tree Farm committee meeting.  We had a visitor from the Longleaf Alliance, Mr Ad Platt, come and tour part of our property as he works on a brochure for publication on promoting planting longleaf pines. Today we will be attending the Clay County Farmers Federation Farm City Luncheon here in the county.
Somewhere in there I have done road work as we have completed a first thinning of loblolly pines, and started a harvest cut of hardwood to convert to longleaf pines, not to mention all the things that have gone on with family.... Whew!

Below are a few pictures of some of these activities.
Governor Kaye Ivy, was the keynote speaker at the Treasure Forest Annual meeting.

I was selected as the next President of the Alabama Treasure Forest Association.

My wife and I enjoyed the Southeastern Farmer of the Year Dinner inValdosta, Georgia.

State Tree Farm Committee meeting.

After the Tree Farm meeting we gave our guest a tour of our property to see how we are managing our forest. 

The beauty of a young longleaf forest.

Thinning operation on our property.

Road being put in for a harvest cut.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Protecting The Water

When we are having a timber harvested on our property 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.