A Landowner's Guide to Managing Your Woods

A Landowner's Guide to Managing Your Woods

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By (author) Ann Larkin Hansen, By (author) Mike Severson, By (author) Dennis L. Waterman

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  • Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 23mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: North Adams
  • ISBN 10: 1603428003
  • ISBN 13: 9781603428002
  • Illustrations note: full colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 968,537

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This introductory resource explains how to sustainably manage a wooded property, whether it's a few acres in the suburbs or a small commercial forest. Readers will learn how to identify the type, health, and quality of their trees and woodland; how to plant, prune, and thin trees; how to improve their ecosystem by creating trails, adding water, and diversifying; how to improve wildlife habitat; and how to enjoy and use the land by harvesting timber, cutting firewood, building wildlife blinds, making maple sugar, growing Christmas trees, hunting, and more.

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Make the Most of Your WoodlandsWhether you own a few acres of woodland or many, "A Landowner's Guide to Managing Your Woods "will help you become an active and effective steward of your forest. Beginning with an explanation of the natural processes governing forest development, the authors present active steps you can take to guide your woodland toward a state of health and beauty and sustainably produce one of the world's greatest renewable resources -- wood.The steps of stewardship include: *Assessing your forest type, soils, terrain, and climate*Determining what trees and wildlife will do best on your land*Working with a forester and a logger to create and implement a sustainable, long-term plan*Developing wildlife habitat and trail systems*Pruning and thinning trees to improve health and growth rate.The authors -- a landowner, a logger, and a forester -- all manage their own woodlands using sustainable practices. Their advice and insights will help your forest provide income while remaining healthy, productive, and beautiful for future generations to enjoy.