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Forest Management Resources
Where to Start
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Welcome! There are a lot of pages on this web site. To keep things manageable, it's color-coded into seven
major sections, each having several subsections. The major sections are listed in the blue vertical navigation
bar on the left of this home page. They and the subsections are also shown in the table below. Just click on the section or subsection name to go there.
The structure is sort of like a tree's root system, with each section branching down into subsections. These subsections are always shown on the blue vertical navigation bar on the left of the page
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Where to Start
If you own forest land, most of the pages on this web site were written for you. If you're just starting to think about forest management for your land, you might want to
begin with the Perspectives section and check out Forest History, Forest Soils and Forest Regeneration. Then you might want to go on to Choices to look at some of
your management options all the way from Do Nothing/Old Growth to Intensive Management. If you already have a pretty good idea of what you want to do, you
might want to go directly to the Services section.
If you work in the woods as a forester or logger, you might want to go to the Papers & Essays section. Most
of the papers and essays have pretty basic information on practical subjects. Much of this section will be of
interest to forest landowners too. There's also some material in this section that may be of interest to legislators and others who care about forest and natural resource policy issues.
If you just like to walk in the woods, you might find the Perspectives section of interest as well as the Wildlife Habitat Database. There are an amazing number of wildlife species that use our forests for food,
shelter and breeding. Most of them prefer certain forest habitat features. The database will help you know what to look for in different places.
If you're not in the mood for a lot of reading, you might want to look at the photos in Forest Inspiration and This Week in the Woods. The former page shows some forests that have been well-managed for many
decades. The latter page shows examples of different silvicultural treatments. There are photos of current
projects, with some discussion of the whys and wherefores of specific silvicultural operations.
Several of the papers have photos such as the Indian Agroforestry paper and the Northern Tree Crops
paper. More photos will be added in all sections as they are taken or acquired. If you have photos that
you'd like to share, please let me know. If they can fit in somewhere, I'll be happy to give you credit for them.
Note: Some pages are still blank as of the latest update in late May, 2000. This is because I haven't gotten
around to editing some pages, and in the case of the spreadsheets, I haven't figured out how to use the Formula One program yet. Hopefully, I'll find time soon for these tasks.
If you have timber that you want to sell for the best price and best logging operation, visit the Timber Sales & Tag Sales and Free Silviculture pages.
If your property was neglected in the past, you may be interested in the Restoration Forestry page in the Choices section. If you want to save money on taxes, see the Chapter 61 Law, Regulations and Savings
If you want to know more about forest landscaping, see the Woodscaping paper.
If you're concerned about the possible effects of climate change on our forests, check out the Precautionary Planning paper, also the Carbon Conservation essay.
If you want more information on tree crops and food production, see the Agroforestry Sites.
If you're interested in the politics of forestry, check out the Politics of Forestry section under Papers.
If you're interested in connecting with forestry newsgroups and list servers, go to Connections and look
under newsgroups and list servers. Here you will also find instructions on how to subscribe to The Northeastern Forestry Reformation, a list server just for forestry reform issues in Massachusetts and the rest
of the Northeast (defined as everywhere north and east of Baja, CA).
There's a lot of information here on the economics of growing trees. This reflects my background, but is also
in response to the lack of accurate information on this subject from other sources. Contrary to conventional
wisdom, growing trees can be quite profitable--even with our high real estate values in western Massachusetts.
There's a lot of data on wildlife habitat features and associated wildlife species, thanks to my associate
Molly Hale. We hope to continue adding photos and even audio clips to this section so you can get to know the wildlife on your property and elsewhere.
There's some information on tree crops and agroforestry. Most people don't think of trees as potential
sources of food, but this is indeed the case. Many different tree crops can be produced on our rocky, steep soils, and with low fossil fuel and chemical inputs.
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