Backyard Woodland

Backyard Woodland : How to Maintain and Sustain Your Trees, Water, and Wildlife

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Who owns our forests? We do. And it's up to us to care for them.

More than 10 million ordinary citizens own over half of the forestland in America. The vast majority of landowners want to do right by their land, but until now, there's been no single resource to help them do so. Backyard Woodland is a comprehensive guide to nurturing the land in your care, from soil and water protection to fostering wildlife diversity and keeping the land whole. Backyard Woodland also features tips for the financial considerations that come from land-owning, including how to save money on your taxes and how to make some extra income from responsible timber sales and viable farming. Owning a piece of the forest is a rare privilege, and this complete guide will help you get the most out of the experience.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 203 x 206 x 18mm | 540g
  • Countryman Press Inc.
  • Woodstock, United States
  • English
  • 50 color photographs
  • 1581575092
  • 9781581575095

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"The many small, privately held patches of wooded land in North America add up to a very considerable portion of our continent's forest legacy. Joshua VanBrakle's Backyard Woodland advises smallholders about both managing and enjoying their forested parcels. What makes his book especially valuable is that its many practical suggestions about such topics as working with foresters and loggers, avoiding erosion, and controlling exotic invasives are consistently related to larger ecological realities and to the aesthetic and spiritual foundations of forest stewardship. In attempting such a synthesis, this book is a timely successor to Aldo Leopold's For the Health of the Land." -- John Elder, Vermont landowner and author of Reading the Mountains of Home "Backyard Woodland is a practical, jargon-free guide for landowners looking to better enjoy and care for their wooded acreage." -- Forest Business Network "A godsend to private landowners." -- Chuck Leavell, Georgia landowner and keyboardist for The Rolling Stones
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About Josh Vanbrakle

Josh VanBrakle is the Research Forester for the New York City Watershed Agricultural Council and has worked with private woodland owners for over five years. He holds an M.S. in Forest Resources Management from the State University of New York. He lives in the Catskills with his wife.
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