A Day with Alton Perry and the SFLRP Team in Halifax County

Posted: September 12, 2023 at 3:51 p.m.

By Ocie W. Clanton Jr. 

Have you ever had one of those unexpected moments when someone goes above and beyond to help you? That’s exactly what happened to me when Alton Perry and his colleagues with the Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Project paid a visit to my farm in Halifax County, N.C. Not only did Mr. Perry make time in his busy schedule for me, but he also brought his entire team along, showing a level of dedication that truly surprised me.

A Surprise Visit

It all began when I reached out to the Sustainable Forestry program with some concerns about managing the forestry portion of my land – 11 acres of woodland that I inherited from my father. I expected a standard consultation, perhaps a one-on-one meeting with an expert, but what transpired was far more remarkable. Mr. Perry, the director of the Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Project, not only agreed to meet with me but also brought his entire entourage with him.

Goals and Concerns Addressed

As we gathered on my farm, I couldn’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed by the presence of so many experts. However, any apprehension I had was quickly dispelled by the warm and approachable demeanor of Mr. Perry and his team. We huddled around the truck and began discussing my goals and concerns regarding the management of my forestry plan. I was amazed at how attentively they listened to my ideas and apprehensions. Mr. Perry and his team seemed genuinely interested in understanding what I hoped to achieve with my land – property that has been in our family for more than a century. They took the time to ask probing questions, seeking to grasp the nuances of my situation.

A Wealth of Knowledge

What struck me most during our meeting was the sheer depth of knowledge possessed by Mr. Perry and his team. It was evident that they were not just experts in forestry, but passionate advocates for sustainable land management. They patiently addressed all of my questions, providing comprehensive and well-informed answers. We discussed various initiatives and strategies that could help me manage my forest land more effectively. From sustainable harvesting practices to wildlife conservation efforts, Mr. Perry and his team had a wealth of insights to share. They even provided me with practical tips and recommendations that I could implement immediately.

A Day to Remember

My encounter with Mr. Alton Perry and the Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Project was truly a day to remember. What began as a routine consultation turned into an educational and inspiring experience. Their dedication, knowledge, and genuine willingness to help left a lasting impression on me. As I continue to work on my forestry plan, I find myself implementing the valuable advice and strategies shared by Mr. Perry and his team. Their visit has not only improved my understanding of forestry management but also deepened my commitment to responsible land stewardship. In the end, my unexpected meeting with Mr. Perry and his team serves as a reminder that there are individuals and organizations out there who are willing to go the extra mile to support sustainable practices and help landowners like me achieve our goals. I am grateful for their visit and the positive impact it has had on my farm and my perspective on forestry management.

Special Thanks (Fourtee Acres)

In the midst of the memorable visit from Mr. Alton Perry and the SFLRP, I had the privilege of receiving additional support from someone who played a crucial role in ensuring I asked the right questions and fully benefited from this exceptional experience. That person is none other than Tyrone Williams of Fourtee Acres Farm, who has been an integral part of the SFLRP program for many years.

Mr. Williams brought a wealth of expertise and insight to the table, having himself dedicated years to the field of forestry. His presence was invaluable as he stood by my side, offering guidance and assistance throughout our meeting with Mr. Perry and his team. His deep understanding of forestry practices, combined with his extensive experience, provided an extra layer of support that made this visit even more fruitful.

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Tyrone Williams for his unwavering support and for being a trusted companion during this important discussion. His presence not only ensured that I asked the right questions but also enriched the overall experience, allowing me to gain a deeper appreciation for the work of the Sustainable Forestry project.

In times when the importance of collaboration and mentorship cannot be overstated, Mr. Williams exemplifies the spirit of teamwork and knowledge sharing. His contribution to our meeting was invaluable, and I am sincerely thankful for his generosity in offering his time and expertise.

As I continue to apply the valuable insights gained from this meeting to my forestry land management, I know that Tyrone Williams’s support will remain an integral part of my journey towards responsible and sustainable land stewardship. His dedication to the forestry mission and his commitment to helping others like me are truly commendable, and I am honored to have had him by my side during this extraordinary visit.