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Woodlot Management Book

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Guide for managing small acreages of forest for firewood, maple sugaring, timber, and recreational use. 31 pg.
  • Introduction
  • How Much Forest Do You Need?
  • Woodland Inventory
  • Managing for Firewood
  • Felling a Tree
  • Bucking and Splitting
  • Selling Firewood
  • Man Does Not Live on Fuel Alone
  • Managing for Timber
  • Maple Sugaring
  • Recreational Uses for Land
  • Managing for Wildlife
  • Help!
  • Taxes

Excerpt from page 1 & 2

As the demand for renewable resources such as trees escalates and as rules for taking wood out of government land get stricter the forest industry predicts that it is going to turn more to the small woodlot owner for forest products. That will mean higher prices for wood and more intensive lobbying for woodlot tax relief.

If you own less than ten acres of forest you may not find it practical to manage your woods for timber production. But you can produce healthier, faster-growing trees and supply more wood for your stove. In addition a few exceptionally valuable old hardwood trees might be worth a logger's trouble to remove them individually - and could bring you a tidy sum.

Most woodlots are overcrowded with competition among the trees so intense that the wood grows about half as fast as it could. Without careful management opportunities for recreation are diminished and the forest does not support the wildlife that it could.

There are people who say you should walk softly on the land and take care not to disturb the natural balance of the forest. These same people will tell you to cut only what you need from your forests and let nature take care of itself. Well if humans had never walked the earth this system of forest management would work just fine. But in most wooded tracts in the United States the natural balance has been seriously upset and a great deal of work is necessary to set it right.

There is a real temptation to avoid the long wait for trees to grow valuable. But using your woodlot just for burning or selling firewood for a fast buck can be like burning your dining room furniture to cook dinner. It pays to plan ahead. That is what this bulletin is for: to offer advice on how to have your woodland home and heat it too. We will outline sound forestry practices for managing your woodlands for fuel wood timber maple sugaring or recreational use. Finally, we will point you in the direction of some additional help available to you the owner of a woodlot.

Copyright Storey Communications Inc.

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