Season 7 | Community of the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR) | Episode 11

#110 | We inherited a farm. Now what?

May 8, 2019 | Darryl Shelton

Darryl Shelton is the trustee of the family farm that’s owned by himself and his brother and sisters in Macon County, Alabama. He has a background as a design engineer, but he’s determined to turn his father’s property into a family legacy. Darryl is a self-educated forest land manager, but his journey to get there wasn’t always easy. Find out more on this week’s show!

Key Takeaways:

[1:00] A message from Leadership Nature.

[1:40] A quick intro about Darryl’s background.

[3:10] How did Darryl first get introduced to his forest land?

[4:40] Darryl explains a bit about his family history.

[13:50] How did Darryl find the resources he needed to maintain his forest land?

[23:15] Darryl credits Alex Harvey for helping him through the process!

[29:30] What were the steps Darryl took to start putting the forest land to work?

[37:15] What has been the most rewarding part about taking on these new responsibilities?

[46:10] What’s next for Darryl?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Website for the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities: Usendowment.org

More information on the SFLR Program: Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR)

More information on USDA NRCS: Nrcs.usda.gov

Alex’s website: Legacylandmanagement.org

Alex on LinkedIn

Mark Bass and Leh Bass from Opelika the Bass Brothers – Green South Land & Timber

Alabama Forestry Association

Alabama Cooperative Extension – Forestry

Alabama Forestry Commission

Auburn Extension – Online Forestry Courses

Omega Psi Phi fraternity

Forest Landowners Association


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