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historically a struggle for AfricanAmericans. Discrimination and
exploitation were common, and
many people lost their land when
loved ones died without proper
wills.
Tyrone, his wife Edna, and
their three sons - Trevelyn,
Tremaine, and Tyron - were
fortunate enough to acquire
this portion of the family farm.
In 1994, they named it Fourtee
Acres - a play on their names
and the "40 acres and a mule"
promised to African-Americans
after the end of slavery. While
the Williams family called
Fourtee Acres home for many
years, it wasn't until he retired
that Tyrone turned his full
attention to the land.
He knew he wanted to restore
the woodlands, use the property
somehow as an income source,
and ensure he could pass the
land on to his sons. But like a lot
of family landowners, Tyrone's
forestry knowledge was limited.
He quickly recognized a need
for expert guidance in what to
do, when and how to do it, and
how to afford all the work. Still,
he was also wary about who to
trust - many of those decadesold issues for African-American
landowners are still present
today, and he did not want to risk
making irreversible mistakes.
Then, in 2013, Tyrone and
Edna attended the Minority
Landowner Farmers and
Landowners Conference in South
Carolina. They were shocked to
meet so many others who had
also inherited or bought land -
some with forestry experience,
but many with none.
During this event they met
Alton Perry, from the Sustainable
Forestry and African American
Land Retention Project, a
program that helps AfricanAmerican landowners care for
their forestland and pass it on to
the next generation. Perry was
helping people like the Williams'



Woodland - Spring 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Spring 2019

Overstory
Forest Interactions Seedlings
Forests and Families
Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
Tools and Resources
Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
Woodland - Spring 2019 - Intro
Woodland - Spring 2019 - cover1
Woodland - Spring 2019 - cover2
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Overstory
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forest Interactions Seedlings
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Forests and Families
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - 17
Woodland - Spring 2019 - Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - ‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Tools and Resources
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
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