In 1917, O.L. ‘Boss’ Boutwell of Greenville, Alabama purchased 39 acres to start a family cattle ranch with a little tree farm on the side. A century later, the cattle are all gone, but Boss’s grandson John is managing nearly 2,200 acres of forest on his Cedar Creek Farm — with a labor force of one. Cedar Creek is a productive and sustainable tree farm, but for John and Ann, his high school sweetheart and wife of 44 years, it’s also so much more than that. It’s a place for hiking and hunting, it’s a sanctuary for local wildlife, and it’s the gift they’ll leave their children and grandchildren, they hope, for another hundred years.
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