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How this helps you:

Learn about preventative measures and how to implement preventative measures to protect your woodlands. Then look up resources for invasive exotic species and other types of damage.

Step 1: Read the Chapter

Read the introductory section (Adobe PDF icon PDF; page 92). Build these prevention measures into your management plan:

Step 2: Inspect your Woodlands

Inspect your woodland at the beginning and end of each growing season and whenever a fire, windstorm, ice storm, flooding, prolonged drought, or other such event may have caused damage. If you find significant damage to high quality trees or groups of trees, match that damage to descriptions in the manual to determine its cause and potential impact on your woodland. The online text has been augmented with more photographs to help you identify sources of damage. You can also view the Photos section to see images of various sources of damage:

Step 3: Prevent Fire Damage

Read the section on Fire Damage (Adobe PDF icon PDF; pages 100 101). Build these fire prevention measures into your management plan and implement them.

Manage Forest

Improve Access

Cooperate with Neighbors

Step 4: Refer to State's Resources about Invasive Exotic Species

Refer to your state’s department of natural resources, department of agriculture or university extension websites for information about invasive exotic species (e.g., plants, animals, insects and diseases) that may be present.

Step 5: Use Links

Refer to links in the Links & Resources section for other Websites that may help you identify the cause of damage, its impact, and control or prevention measures.

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