4: Regenerating Woodland Stands – Links & Resources

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  • Web-based Forest Management Guides | Silvicultural Treatments
    USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station.

    Description: It provides a short description of silvicultural treatments to change, accelerate change, or maintain the condition of trees and stands in the North Central United States. Topics include: choice of species and site, site preparation, planting, spacing, weeding and cleaning, thinning, pruning, fertilization, and logging slash distribution.

  • Silvics and Silviculture
    University of Minnesota, Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative.

    Description: It provides links to publications on principles of ecological forestry; 18 field identification keys for understory plant groups; 10 silvics sheets on common tree species in the Midwest; and silviculture guides for Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ontario.

  • Wisconsin Forest Management Guidelines
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 300+ p.

    Description: It covers sustainable forest management principles that can serve many objectives. Topics include: overview of Wisconsin’s forests, general principles of sustainable forestry, wildlife habitat, visual quality, riparian areas and wetlands, cultural resources, forest soil productivity, economics, forest management planning, general operational guidelines, forest roads, timber harvesting, mechanical site preparation, pesticide use, reforestation, intermediate silvicultural treatments, fire management, and forest recreation management.

  • Silvics of North America: Volume 1 Conifers; Volume 2 Hardwoods (Ag Handbook 654)
    1990. Burns, Russell M., and Barbara H. Honkala, tech. cords. US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Washington, DC. vol.2, 877 p.

    Description: It has a chapter on every significant native tree species in North America, including its native range, climate, soil and topography, associated species, reproduction and early growth, stand management, growth and yield, rooting habitat, reaction to competition, damaging agents, special uses, and genetics.

  • Web-based Forest Management Guides | Harvesting Systems
    USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station.


    Description: It describes timber harvesting equipment and procedures for the tasks of moving to the tree, felling the tree, processing it at the stump, and transporting the tree to the landing. Photographs of equipment are included.

  • Direct Seeding of Native Hardwood Trees
    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

    Description: It describes advantages and disadvantages of direct seeding, site preparation, seed collection and storage, seeding rates per acre by tree species, seeding techniques, and weed and shrub control.

  • Tree Planting
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

    Description: It describes care and handling of bareroot seedlings, hand planting, machine planting, direct seeding, tree shelters, mulches and vegetation mats, root dips and gels, animal repellents, and bud caps.

  • Ordering Tree and Shrub Seedlings
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

    Description: It provides instructions for ordering tree and shrub seedlings from the Wisconsin DNR.

  • Tree Planting in Michigan
    Lantagne, D. and M. Koelling. Michigan State University.

    Description: It describes which tree species are suitable for different soil types, mixed species plantings, planting season, tree spacing, site preparation, types and quality of planting stock, transporting and storage, hand and machine planting techniques, follow-up care, and special considerations for wildlife habitat, Christmas trees, and aesthetics.

  • Minnesota State Forest Nurseries
    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

    Description: It provides instructions for ordering tree and shrub seedlings from the Minnesota DNR.

  • Directory of Michigan Seedling Nurseries
    Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

    Description: This is a directory of private nurseries in Michigan that sell tree and shrub seedlings.

  • Forest Management Guidelines
    Minnesota Forest Resources Council.

    Description: Minnesota’s voluntary, site-level timber harvesting and forest management guidelines address the management, use and protection of historic and cultural resources, riparian area, soil productivity, water quality and wetlands, wildlife habitat, and visual quality.¬†Links are provided to Full Timber Harvesting and Forest Management Guidelines, Forestland Biomass Harvest Guidelines, and Brushland Biomass Harvest Guidelines.

  • Forest Management Guidelines for Michigan
    Michigan Society of American Foresters.

    Description: These are common sense guidelines that recognize the renewable nature of forests and the influence of forest management practices on the many uses of the forest including water, recreation, wildlife, timber, and aesthetics. Topics include: elements of a forest plan, silvicultural systems, regeneration and reforestation, harvesting methods, forest protection, forest health, wildlife habitat, scenic and recreation values, special natural and cultural resources, and road construction and maintenance.

  • Professional Help
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

    Description: It offers a directory of foresters available to assist Wisconsin woodland owners.

  • Forestry Assistance in Michigan
    Michigan Society of American Foresters.

    Description: It offers a directory of forestry assistance available to Michigan woodland owners from the Michigan DNR, conservation districts, forest industry, loggers, consulting foresters, and nurseries.

  • Certified Forest Stewardship Plan Writers in Michigan

    Description: It provides a directory of certified forest stewardship plan writers in Michigan by county.

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