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.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Butterflies

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The butterflies are loving our flowers.  They are working diligently to get everything completed before the cold weather gets here. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Busy Time of the Year

It is a busy time of the year with all the road maintenance, food plot preparation, and on top of all the normal work for this time of the year, we are having some pines thinned.  (I will be adding information on thinning later.)  
This summer with all the rain it has made it especially tougher on bush-hogging roads and wildlife openings.  I have seen several deer, fawns and small bucks, slipping around me working.
I am doing something different this year with our cool season wildlife openings because of the rainy pattern we have been in and where forecast say we will continue.  I have planted our seed about a month early but if the rain continues I think they will be OK.
The seed mixture is wheat, clover, peas, and turnips. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Future Forest Producer


Eli, ready to go to work protecting our forest.  He was with us at the Alabama Farmers Federation Commodity Conference this past weekend.  He always says "His Bowden Grove" where our forestland is located.  He already clams it!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Happenings Around on Dewberry Lands

Mattie playing with a lizard.  The lizard knows it is safe in these hands.

Fall bush-hogging.  The wildlife trees planted a few years ago are looking good in the row across the field.

Sun-hemp as a cover crop, it's the best!

James making a picture from Dewberry Lands of the road leading to the sunset.

Eli eating a fish watermelon that we harvested off of Dewberry Lands.

Selah helping taker cuttings of some plants for propagation.

These three helping pot up some wildlife trees to be planted this winter; chestnut, crab apple, and pear.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Mushrooms

Mushrooms sprouting in the pine straw.  This looks great after the fall drought that stressed the trees and caused so many to die.  On Dewberry Lands we fared fairly well, just loosing a few in the fall and these late spring rains are great before summer.  We hope it continues to rain through summer and fall.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Women's Walk in the Forest 2017

 Yesterday, Dewberry Lands welcomed women of all ages to the property for a fun and educational day.  It started with a welcome to the ladies followed by a trip to the "Woods" for a short walk.  Some of the history of the property was shared by Lamar and Felicia.
Ekan Duts Ke, what does it mean? 

This was followed by a short talk by Leigh Peters, a forester and director of the Alabama Tree Farm Program. 

Memorie  English a representative with the American Forest Foundation was in attendance for the walk. 

New friends interested in forestry were made.

After the walk Gloria Neilsen with the U.S. Forest Service over the Talladega National Forest in our area and also a forester spoke about the National Forest and her roll as the ladies looked over the view of the forest from Dewberry Lands.

After returning to the lodge a nice meal was shared by all the participants.  
This event was made possible by a grant from the Alabama Forest Forever Foundation, help from the Alabama (Clay County) Forestry Commission and the Clay County Forestry Planning Committee.