My Healthy Woods: New book on care and management of Southeast Minnesota woodlands

How well do you know your woods?  Is it providing the things you want?  A new publication can help.  Available now is My Healthy Woods: A Handbook for Family Woodland Owners Managing Woods in Southeast Minnesota.  This easy-to-read publication, filled with great information and photos, is a treasure trove for landowners wanting to know more about their woods.

The handbook covers wildlife, timber harvest, types of woods, prescribed burning, planning, financial resources, invasive species, and much more.  “We cover a lot of ground, but within each topic we focus on the opportunities that really matter,” stated Steve Swenson, field biologist at the Aldo Leopold Foundation and author of the handbook.  Additional resources at the end of each chapter point the way for readers interested in more information about a particular subject, connecting them to websites and other publications.

The handbook also highlights the human side of owning land.  LaVerne and Denise Paulson, Fillmore County landowners, reflected on their woods, “A little effort has created profitable timber, a diversity of wildlife, and personal enjoyment we never knew possible.”

The handbook, produced by the Aldo Leopold Foundation, represents the collaboration of State, Federal and private organizations, associations, and landowners, and was funded primarily through the American Forest Foundation (the national organization that operates the American Tree Farm program).

On September 25, 2010, handbook partners will also host a field day in Kellogg, Minn., at the Greenheck farm where people can see land management practices first hand, meet resource professionals and organizations that can assist them, and enjoy a free lunch and the fall colors.

To order a free copy (shipping/tax apply) of the My Healthy Woods handbook, visit the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s website or call (608) 355-0279 ext. 120.  That site also has more information on the field day.  You’ll also find it on the MyMinnesotaWoods upcoming events calendar.

The Aldo Leopold Foundation, headquartered in Wisconsin, is dedicated to supporting the critical role of landowners in managing the productivity and beauty of land.  The American Forest Foundation works to ensure the sustainability of America’s family forests for present and future generations.

For more information on the landowner handbooks, call (608) 355-0279 ext. 129 or email

The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry team.

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