Review of A Landowner’s Guide to Managing Your Woods

How to Maintain a Small Acreage for Long-Term Health, Biodiversity, and High-Quality Timber Production by Steve and Ann Larkin Hansen

Steve and Ann Larkin Hansen’s book entitled A Landowner’s Guide to Managing Your Woods: How to Maintain a Small Acreage for Long-Term Health, Biodiversity, and High-Quality Timber Production is the introductory guide you need if you are an owner of few acres of trees in the suburbs or a small commercial forest or planning to be one. This woodland management will teach you how to create a healthy and sustainable ecosystem, identify the type, health, and quality of your trees and recommends approaches for keeping your woodland booming.

The authors Steve and Ann Larkin Hansenare owners of a family farm which they already operate in Wisconsin for the past 20 years. While Steve has retained their farm equipment running smoothly, Ann has written farm related 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. The writers being a landowner, a logger, and a forester made the book’s woodland management practices practical and sustainable. The book offers advice and insights will help your forest provide revenue while continuing healthy, productive, and beautiful for future generations to benefit from.

The book begins with basic concepts and an explanation of the natural processes governing forest development. Then it continues to show proactive schemes a landowner can make to lead his woodland toward a state of health and beauty and sustainably produce one of the world’s supreme renewable resources which are the wood.

Among the woodland management practical steps the book offered are:

  • Evaluating 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.

Most readers say that it is an excellent book and it has great information and really great illustrations. They also said it is a comprehensive guide to woodlot improvement; it is easy to read and use.Overall, it is a pretty great manual on sustainable forest management, with an emphasis on harvesting lumber in such a way as to promote a healthy ecosystem.

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