Whether you have a few acres of trees in the suburbs or a small commercial forest, you can encourage a healthy and sustainable ecosystem through proper woodland management. This introductory guide shows you how to identify the type, health, and quality of your trees and suggests strategies for keeping your woodland thriving.
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About the Author
Steve and Ann Larkin Hansen, authors of Maintaining Small-Farm Equipment, have run a family farm in Wisconsin for the last 20 years. While Steve has kept their farm equipment running smoothly, Ann has authored books, including The Organic Farming Manual, A Landowner’s Guide to Managing Your Woods, Finding Good Farmland, Making Hay, and Electric Fencing. She has also served as a regional editor for The Country Today and a contributing writer to Mother Earth News.
Mike Severson is a Certified Master Logger, licensed arborist, and tree surgeon. He is dedicated to sustainable forestry and education for good forest management.
Dennis L. Waterman is a professional consulting forester who serves private landowners with small acreages. His services include forest stewardship management plans; timber harvest; and forest inventory, mapping, and appraisals.
Table of Contents
Introduction1. Why Manage Your Woods?A Quick Look Back * Where We Are Now * Where We Go from Here2. How Forests GrowTree Strategy * Tree Anatomy * Forest Succession: Sprinters vs. Marathoners * Tree Ranges * Local Forest Conditions * Forest Health3. Taking a Woodland InventoryFiguring Out What You Have * Identifying Forest Flora * Identifying Soil Type * Identifying Wildlife * Identifying Terrain and Special Features * Finding Property Lines * Pulling All the Information Together * When to Hire a Forester4. Establishing GoalsDetermining Woodland Goals * Management Options * Timber-Stand Improvement Projects * Timber-Harvest Methods * Guarding against Disaster * Keeping the Most Important Goal in Mind5. Working with a ForesterWhat Is a Forester? * Writing the Management Plan6. Working in the Woods: Landowner ProjectsSafety First * Equipment * Making and Maintaining Trails * Controlling Invasive Species * Encouraging Wildlife * Other Woodland Harvests * Planting Trees * Woodlands and Kids 7. The Logging IndustryHow a Logger Makes a Living * Classes and Values of Timber * Logging Equipment * Sorting and Milling * Types of Loggers * Market Pressures in the Timber Industry8. Harvesting TimberPlanning for a Cut * Setting Up a Timber Sale * The Walk-Through * Monitoring the Cut * After the Cut9. Finances and LegaciesEvaluating a Forest Purchase * Taxes * Insurance * Federal and State Grant Programs * Carbon Sequestration * LegaciesGlossaryResourcesIndex