3: How Trees and Woodlands Grow

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  • Content
    Your woodlands are part of an ecosystem with trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, insects, and animals that interact with each other and with the soil, water, and climate. Learn about how all of these elements interact to help you better manage your woodlands. You can read the chapter online or download it as a PDF file.
  • Activity
    This chapter and its activities help you learn about the parts of a tree so you can better communicate with a forester, logger or other woods worker. It will help you determine which tree characteristics you want to encourage on your land by considering genetically controlled characteristics, live-crown ratio, and shade tolerance. Learn how soil type, topography, and climate must be considered when determining the most appropriate tree species to encourage on your land. Finally you will learn that managing a stand is easier when you let the natural ecological trajectory occur.
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