As posted a couple weeks ago, our 2nd Quarter Members Meeting is Sunday, May 20, 4:30 – 7 p.m. I have scheduled two and a half hours because we have the exquisite privilege of spending the first two hours learning about and hiking in the upland forest that surrounds the home of Kelby & Amy Ouchley.

The Ouchley’s live at 106 Heartwood Dr. The mailing address is Farmerville, but the location is Rocky Branch. Here are Kelby’s directions:

“Turn west off of Hwy. 143 in Rocky Branch beside the closed community store on Rocky Branch Rd. Go 1.5 miles and our driveway is on the right across from a red brick house. There is a “Heartwood” street sign at the driveway.”

For those so inclined, the GPS coordinates are 32°40’41”N, 92°13’24”W.

White Oak (Quercus alba)
White Oak (Quercus alba) is one of the trees of the upland forest.     (photo by Bette J. Kauffman)

We will reconvene on the porch about 6:30 for a half-hour meeting. Here’s the tentative agenda:

Agenda 5-20-18

My main thought in scheduling as I did was to be sure we had daylight to explore the forest, but would not be in the noonday sun. However, this particular timing does raise a couple of issues that require forethought:

1. We will be outdoors at dusk and there’s a swamp nearby. Mosquitoes are likely to be on our species list! Come prepared.

2. We are scheduled to meet over what is typically a meal time and the Ouchleys have promised we can linger on the porch. If you would like to be able to do that but expect to be hungry after two hours of exploring the forest, please bring snacks and finger foods to share. As always, bring your own water or other non-alcoholic beverage.

See you there!

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