Have plants and wildlife coexist and benefit equally from your forest by developing a sustainable forest management plan.
Many forest owners want to take a more ecological approach to managing their woods, and they feel right at home with a more natural forestry that’s focused on the forest and not just the trees. That’s where “More Than a Woodlot” comes in. Author Stephen Long explains complex ecological and forestry concepts in clear language and shows you how to get started.
COVER: MARY HOLLAND
A forest surrounded by agricultural land will have substantially different plant and animal communities than one that is surrounded by more forest.
A forest surrounded by more forest will have substantially different plant and animal communities than one that is surrounded by agricultural land.
This forest has been mapped into two separate stands. Stand 1 is mixedwoods, and stand 2 is northern hardwoods.
This forest’s sparse understory provides little cover for those animals that need a dense shrub layer.
Contrast the sparse forest understory with this forest understory where the tangle provides ideal conditions for animals that use the ground and shrub layer.
Note the complex vertical layers in this forest. It takes time to develop rich vertical diversity.
The dead beech tree is home to many decomposers and to those that feed on them.
Picture yourself walking through this forest. At ground level, you’ll notice the horizontal diversity as you move in and out of open woods and thickets.
A pileated woodpecker excavated the holes in this dead tree, searching for carpenter ants.
In order from left to right: Count; borderline; don’t count