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.  


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Camping 2017


We arrived at our campsite and the youngest grandchild is checking out the area.

 Food is just better when you are  camping.

These girls are enjoying the outdoors.

The two tents are near the stream for natural music and a great place to play,
The boys like roughing it in the outdoors,

And when night comes it is so peaceful listening to all the night sounds as the fire flickers.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

North Entrance



We are in the process of landscaping the north-side entrance to our property.  Nathan, our son who is a landscape designer for R & R Landscape, chose the plants for planting.  Our daughter Abby, also a horticulture graduate, helped with the plantings.  We used rock from the property, split cedar for the rail, and of course pine straw for mulch.  

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spring Work

It is Eastern Blue Bird nesting time!  My grandson and I worked last weekend installing eight bluebird houses on our property.  I am thankful for this little man who's out helping me with the improvement of non-game animals habitat.  

And then there is  other work:
Last week I started painting and repainting boundary lines on our property.  That day I walked 12 miles but it was not all painting but most of it was.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Road Work For Thinning

We are getting started on road work for the thinning of sixteen year old loblolly pines.

Fun in the Forest

We had a great time in the forest this weekend exploring a new parcel of property
we have been blessed to purchase.  The Grandchildren had fun hiking, climbing trees, catching salamanders and frogs. 

Our youngest granddaughter is a daredevil.  "Who needs an amusement park when you have a forest?"

No better way to spend an early spring day than hiking in the woods!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tree Planting for the Future



Today we finished planting our newest parcel in Mountain Longleaf Pines.  I may not see these trees to poles but someone one day will enjoy walking through this forest and hear the breeze blowing through the needles.  In longleaf pines you can hear a special noise that comes from the breeze in a mature stand of mountain longleaf pines.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Split Fence From Trees on Property

Landscaping entrance to our property

Lots more work to do but this past Saturday my wife and I worked on our fence.  We had an old dead red cedar on this place that came down when we did a prescribed burn here preparing for longleaf pines to be planted.  The tree was almost all heart and it was a good size.  I cut the pieces about 10 to 11 feet long then used two wedges and a maul to split the logs.  It took lots of work but it was refreshing to get out on a warm February day and work hard.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

130 Wildflowers On Dewberry Lands

130 different wildflowers have been identified, photographed, and added to the "Wildflower" tab on this page.  All of the pictures of these flowers have been taken on Dewberry Lands.  When I set out to document the wildflowers on our property I had no idea I would find this many flowers there. This picture of a Red Morning Glory was the last one I added to "Wildflowers".  I took the photograph in early November.  

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Cool Weekend

                          

This weekend everything was frozen over on Dewberry Lands.  Temperature was in the single degrees and before the cold, was freezing rain.  Thank goodness the rain changed to sleet before the trees started to snap.  The weather made for a beautiful picture but the driving required a four-wheel drive to travel.