Owner Built Homes and Homesteads: Woodland Management

In this chapter of his book "The Owner-Built Homestead," Ken Kern discusses the importance of woodlands for ecological health and best practices for effective woodland management.

TOP: Plan for planting a woodland windbreak. MIDDLE: Cross-section of tree types to plant. BOTTOM: Effects of windbreak on wind velocity.
Kern - denuded land
Topsoil completely lost due to lack of windbreak protection and mulch-planting. Note intersecting patterns of plow marks.
Map diagram depicts the diminuation of virgin forest land in the U.S. from the mid-19th century through the first quarter of the 20th century.
TOP: Factors to consider when deciding which trees to cull. MIDDLE: Tools and techniques to use for felling trees. BOTTOM: Types of saws and sawing techniques to use when cutting trees.

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