Wednesday, March 18, 2015


This is an interesting little herbaceous plant that is plant number 110 identified on Dewberry Lands.  This plant is Bloodroot.  If you look up information about this plant you will see where the name is derived from.  Native Americans in our area used this plant for a dye to color cane baskets a red color.  If you dissect the root (rhizomes) a blood-like sap comes from the root.  It can be poisonous. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Tree Planting Issue

Below is an email I received that could effect tree planting in our area.  If you have reforestation work done on your property I would encourage you to click on the link below and send the information they have already prepared for you as a response. 
US Department of Labor Stops Processing H-2B Visa Applications
In response to an adverse judicial decision, on March 5th the US Department of Labor said it would stop accepting or processing H-2B visa applications, effectively shutting down the H-2B guestworker visa program.  Nothing in the judge’s order compelled DOL to take this action, but they apparently felt it was appropriate. 
The forest industry has long depended on this program for a legal supply of labor from Central America and Mexico for planting trees and other labor-intensive forestry tasks.  This decision in mid-season for many employers has precipitated a crisis and WE MUST RESPOND.
Please click on the following link for more information about the issue and how you can do your part to address this important issue.

555 Alabama St
Montgomery, AL 36104

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Turkey Hunters: Help Needed

I have signed up for this.  I wanted to share this information so if any other turkey hunters out there would like to participate they could.  You can read the article below for more information.

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The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) is encouraging turkey hunters who hunt for at least 10 days during turkey season to participate in the Avid Turkey Hunter Survey. Hunters who participate in the survey will receive a copy of Full Fans & Sharp Spurs, the Alabama Turkey Project annual report, and be automatically entered to win a new shotgun from the Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

“Hunter participation in this survey is very important to the future of turkey hunting in Alabama,” said Steve Barnett, leader of the WFF Alabama Turkey Project. “The more hunters who participate, the better. However, we only need data from people who are hunting for at least 10 days during the season. The more days spent hunting, the more useful that information will be.”

Participation in the Avid Turkey Hunter Survey provides WFF biologists valuable information on statewide and regional trends in gobbling activity, hunter effort, harvest rates, age structure and sex ratios. This knowledge ultimately helps the WFF make management decisions that link the interests of sportsmen with the wise use of the state’s turkey resource.
“This survey allows hunters a unique opportunity to contribute directly to the conservation and management of turkey in Alabama,” Barnett said.

To participate in the Avid Turkey Hunter Survey, contact WFF at 334-242-3469. WFF staff will provide hunters with information about how to complete the survey.  Hunters may also contact Steve Barnett or Joel Glover by email at and for more information about the survey.
For information about Alabama’s spring turkey hunting season, visit

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR,

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tree Give-Away, Arbor Day

Last Friday I assisted with the Tree Give-Away in our county with the Clay County Forestry Planning Committee.  This project is made possible by the Alabama Forestry Commission that donates the trees and locally they are an integral part of our committee.  It is always fun to see the excitement as people come by and get their trees.  We had several different varieties of trees and the public always has questions about the trees.