Current Books on Gardening and Botany - Jean E. Bedger
[Review of previous edition:] A useful guide to basic woodlot or forest conservation practice, management and utilization ... This is a well-done, comprehensive explanation of woodland ecology in terms of property management and restoration. Over 50 diagrams and illustrations help the reader understand the text. As an owner of a woodlot, I found this book a good resource and of great interest.
[Review of previous edition:] The overall thesis of the book is that good land stewardship maximizes both ecological conservation and economic returns.
[Review of previous edition:] The authors offer information on developing a woodland-stewardship plan and buying woodland property.
Northern Woodlands - Rob Bryan
This revised edition of The Woodlot Management Handbook is useful, and it fills a niche for woodland owners who are new to forestry and for those contemplating a woodland purchase.
The second edition of this guide to private woodland conservation and management is updated to reflect changes in technology and better access to information that has become available in the ten years since its original printing. Focusing on the ecosystems of the northeastern portion of the United States, this volume provides information on ecologically conscious and economically viable stewardship of small woodlots. Covering such topics as environmental sustainability and habitat conservation, timber and firewood harvest principles, reforestation and trails, pests and poachers, the work also offers advice on buying woodland properties and developing woodland stewardship plans that provide for the long-term conservation of the environment. Hilts teaches resource science at the Ontario Agricultural College and Mitchell is a researcher at the University of Guelph.
This revised and expanded edition of The Woodlot Management Handbook contains lots of information pertaining to forests, conservation, timber production and more. The chapter on Woodland Ecology addresses important topics including soil and nutrients, water, climate and sunlight, competition, the soil ecosystem, wildlife habitats, food chains and the importance of natural corridors. Readers will learn how to prepare a woodland inventory, principles and practices of timber and firewood harvest, about reforestation and even about trails, pests and poachers as well as buying a woodlot property. Numerous black-and-white illustrations and colour photographs complement the text. If you have a woodlot or are thinking about acquiring one you will want to consider reading The Woodlot Management Handbook.