Thursday, August 28, 2014

Educational Tour

Tuesday, we hosted an educational seminar and tour on our property for agency people such as NRCS, Soil and Water District, Alabama Forestry Commission.  This was a project about "Forest Roads" and protecting the water shed.  
Many groups had a hand in making this happening possible, many individuals work hard to make this day a success.  It started at our lodge with the indoor sessions and then when Congressman Mike Rogers came by we actually went to the site where the road work was carried out.  Our goal was to give the Congressman a first hand view of forest roads and how forest landowners are working to keep the water shed clear of erosion which has been a hot topic on the national level the past few years.  We had 34 to attend the seminar.

Monday, August 25, 2014


Four new wildflower pictures added to pictures: Cluster Vine, Eastern Milkpea, Jumpseed, and Tassel-rue.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Clean Water and Predators

James is holding a heavy rock he got out of the branch that had Spring Lizard eggs under it.  We placed it back like it was so the eggs could hatch.  We have found lots of eggs in the branch and it is full of Spring Lizards.  They say this is a sign of clean water.  The majority of the people in Clay County get their water from this stream.  On to another story.... 
Coyote scat.  We are having a problem with coyotes on our property.  We try to remove all we can but just last week we looked at pictures on our game cameras and one camera had the pictures of three different coyotes.  What is the significance of the above picture?  The scat has deer fawn hair all in it.  They are the number one predator for whitetail deer fawns.  We are going to have to up our pressure on these destructive coyotes.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Grain Sorghum

We have plenty for the deer and turkey to eat.  The grain sorghum has just started to head out and the sunflowers are all bloomed out. 
We have several pictures of fawns and small bucks.  We also have pictures of coyotes and a bobcat looking for food too.

Farmers Federation Tour

  Last Friday we were in Huntsville at the Alabama Farmers Federation Commodity Conference.  At this conference we were on the forestry tour which covered a wide range of topics and extended into Tennessee.  We visited a hardwood sawmill in Skyline, Alabama. 
The wood from this mill is used for flooring, pallets, and railroad cross ties. We then traveled to the
University of the South, here only 1500 students attend.
It is an Episcopalian sponsored college having lots of history.  We were able to go into the chapel, here were many historical artifacts.  You might ask, what does this have to do with forestry? 
This is a picture in the chapel of Gifford Pinchot, he is known as the "Father of Modern Forest Management".  He was instrumental in helping establish the forest and forestry program at this school. 
We did hear about some of the management they are doing there today but got run to the bus by lightning.
When we left here we returned to Alabama to visit a Treasure Forest.  After exiting the bus and getting on the far backside of the property it started to come a downpour.  When we got back to the bus there was no need to be in a hurry because we could not get any wetter than we were.