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A Landowner's Guide to Managing Your Woods: How to Maintain a Small Acreage for Long-Term Health, Biodiversity, and High-Quality Timber Production Paperback – September 1, 2011


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Make the Most of Your Woodlands

Whether 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.

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603428003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603428002
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was very informative and was easy to read and understand.
Joseph S. DuShaw
More forest owners might practice forestry if they were aware of how it can help sustain healthy and productive woodlands.
Carl PW
And for all other new woodland owners, this book will help them better manage their land.
Brent Rystrom

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By joe on January 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book does not give much detail for the small woodlot owner. Over and over again it gives the same advice: Hire a forester. If you have a woodlot of 40 acres or more and have never thought about what you want to do with it, then this book will be of some help. It is NOT for the person who wants to really "manage"their small woodlot for wildlife, recreation or pleasure. It MAY be helpful to someone who wants to sell their woods. It does not give much specific information.
To me the most irritating aspect of the book was the constant mantra of: Hire a forester. OK. Not bad advice, but you don't really need a book to tell you that.
There is little information on SPECIFIC techniques for improving a small wood lot. I was very disappointed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carl PW on January 21, 2012
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We have owned, enjoyed and managed a woodlot in upstate New York for over thirty years. Managing timber for the long term while improving forest health and productivity has also been a good investment. This book explains how this can be accomplished with sustainable forest management and includes case histories.

Unfortunately, many landowners don't fully appreciate the value of sustainable forestry, and by the time they get it figured out the property changes hands to a brand new owner. Consequently, a high percentage of woodlots go through cycles of benign neglect, followed by selling the most valuable trees, then more benign neglect. Most privately owned woodlots have been degraded in this way.

Forestry offers a much better way to manage a woodlot. If every landowner followed the advice offered in this book we would have healthier forests, greater biodiversity, a stronger forest products industry, and more economically viable working forests which would slow down forest fragmentation. More forest owners might practice forestry if they were aware of how it can help sustain healthy and productive woodlands. This book does a great job in conveying the positive message of forestry and the importance of management.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By GearGuy on August 8, 2012
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If I'd found this in a bookstore and had a chance to flip through it, I'd have put it back on the shelf. The "Look Inside" feature did a good job of hiding the deficiencies and making it worth a try. Precious little useful information for homeowners here and even that is so basic you can get it off the internet for free. Possibly an okay resource if you own land you intend to harvest for hardwood trees; definitely centered around Wisconsin woodlands. Pretty useless if fire mitigation of western conifer forests is your interest.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TedK616 on February 4, 2013
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I finished the book about six weeks ago, it was very informative but had I known that the primary focus was on Sugar Bush, I probably would not have bought it. It is very well written and I learned a great deal from it. They give great background on New England forestry along with some valuable history lessons.
There is great info on timber contracts, timber sales and how to pick a forester....real good background information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M Weiss on February 17, 2015
Format: Paperback
Halfway through the book is the passage "Though most of this book is about planning and working with professional foresters and loggers,..." While selling itself as teaching woodland management, it does not do that. It is no more than an infomercial for foresters and government socialist woodlands programs. It studiously avoids giving useful information that an owner would need. It's about like buying a book on nutrition and health that only recommends going to the doctor every month.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RichR on November 8, 2011
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I went to the Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs,PA and listened to the author of this book speak. I was impressed with what I heard so I decided to buy the book. What I like about it is that it presents the views of the landowner, the forester, and the timber man, and how they can work together in creating healthy and productive woodland. It is very informative but yet not overly technical. It would be a great addition to the home library.
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I found the book to be very interesting and informative. It was an easy read and provided helpful information.
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Provides a concise, easy to read overview of the financial and ecological aspects woodlot managment. However, managing woods for firewood is somewhat neglected.
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