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I

am a retired school principal from
New York City, currently residing
in Moncks Corner, SC, where
I manage our land, along with
my sisters, as Broadaxe Branch
Partners. We are continuing a
tradition that dates back to our
great-grandparents and further
back through ancestry research to
our great-great-grandfather who
acquired a good portion of the
extended family land about the
time slavery ended. For more than
150 years the Cooper family has
worked and managed this land
adjacent to the Broadaxe Branch
stream in Berkeley County, SC.
In our immediate family
land history, the homestead
(approximately 350 acres in total)
featured a grits mill, grocery store
and a tobacco curing barn. Our
grandfather planted and managed
more than 500 acres of cotton,
corn, tobacco, wheat and in later
years, soy beans. Today we lease
the land for hunting, agriculture
and occasional recreational
activities. Since joining the Center
for Heirs' Property Preservation

(CHPP), timber has become our
primary crop.
After inheriting the land in 2008,
we were introduced to the CHPP
through a local forestry professional,
Alex Singleton, and Sam Cook,
former director of the Center
for Heirs' Property Preservation
Sustainable Forestry and African
American Land Retention Program.
After attending a series of
workshops and seminars, I
was inspired to seek additional
information on how we could actively
manage the gift we had been given.
As a result of our work with the
Center and its partners, we now
have a management plan and have
reforested 85 acres with loblolly
pine trees. We are now certified
Tree Farmers and participants in the
Conservation Stewardship Program.
It is a part of our plan to reforest five
more stands and institute as many
conservation stewardship practices
as we can to help sustain wildlife
and preserve our land for future
generations. We wish to maximize
the value of what we have and leave
a legacy in good standing for the

The SFLR Team along with Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-GA 2nd District).

next generation. Our goal is to be
good stewards of the land, educate
and mentor others.
Through my involvement with the
Center, I am privileged to serve as
Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors
at the Center. I am a Woodland
Advocate and have traveled to
Washington, D.C. with Dr. Jennie
Stephens, CHPP's Executive
Director, to participate in a forum
on Innovation in Forestry with the
Aspen Institute, and have told our
story to groups in South Carolina,
North Carolina and Texas to help
educate others. The Secretary of
Agriculture has visited our farm, and
we are one of several Heirs' Property
participants to be featured in a PBS
segment with Chuck Leavell on
America's Forests. We were also
featured in the Minority Landowners
magazine as farmers of the year for
2016.
I desire to advocate for and inspire
others whenever and wherever
possible, so that the loss of land
and lack of proper usage is not the
fate of future generations of African
American landowners.
b

Yvonne Knight-Carter and others meet with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott
(R-SC).

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Woodland - Summer 2019

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

Overstory
Foresets and Families
Forest Interactions
The Family Forest Carbon Program
2019 Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Finalists Announced
Tree Farmers Visit Washington to Advocate for Family Forest Interests
Tools and Resources
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Woodland - Summer 2019 - Overstory
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Woodland - Summer 2019 - Foresets and Families
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Woodland - Summer 2019 - Forest Interactions
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Woodland - Summer 2019 - Tree Farmers Visit Washington to Advocate for Family Forest Interests
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