2nd Revised Edition
How to get the most out of a parcel of land by growing trees for timber, selling firewood and preserving land for future generations. from Firefly Books website A private woodlot may range from 5 to 500 acres, and they are extremely common. Hilts and Mitchell's book is a personal "get out and walk your woods" plan. The authors answer landowners' most common questions on: Basic conservation Nature appreciation Reforestation Recreational use Moderate forestry Timber management Assessing your own woodland Identifying trees Specific techniques for maintaining wildlife habitat, such as snags, logs, den trees and bush piles.
There is also extensive information on landscape ecology, natural succession and hardwood plantings. In this expanded and updated second edition, the changing views and values of woodlots are explored, covering topics such as: Woodlots in the broader landscape Moving to ecological restoration Managing conifer plantations Watching for endangered species Dealing with invasive insects and plants. The Woodlot Management Handbook is the definitive book on this important topic.
from Firefly Books publisher website
Dr. Hilts is Professor of Land and Water Stewardship in the Department of Land Resource Science.His research and extension work has involved examining programs to encourage private landowners in rural southern Ontario to conserve natural areas such as woodlands and wetlands on their land. This work has evolved from an original landowner contact model to the examination of concepts of private 'stewardship'.
Today, his work involves development of information resources for private landowners, examination of policy alternatives to influence stewardship practices, including an international comparison of agro-environmental policies, and evaluation of landowner contact programs and the organizations that run them across Canada, such as land trusts.
More recently, Dr. Hilts have moved into research on farmland preservation policies and local food systems in southern Ontario, working with Prof. Wayne Caldwell under the label of the Farmland Preservation Research Project. This has included establishing the Ontario Farmland Trust, a non-profit organization devoted to fostering farmland preservation.
Mitchell and Hilts have been designing and carrying out programs to support the stewardship efforts of rural landowners since 1991.