US Forest Service report spotlights at-risk species on private lands

The U.S. Forest Service recently published Threats to At-Risk Species in America’s Private Forests, a report emphasizing how increased housing density near and on private forests is threatening habitat for plants and animals already at risk of decline or extinction. The report, the third in a series titled “Forests on the Edge”, details how several species of at-risk wildlife that […]

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One Family’s Forest: New book on keeping the family forest in the family

Back Forty Press is pleased to announce that One Family’s Forest has just been released.  The authors, Alan Haney and Lowell Klessig, have been personally and professionally involved in woodland management for decades.  Drawing heavily from their personal experience as owners of woodland in five Wisconsin counties as well as their careers at the College of Natural Resources, University of […]

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New book available: Woodland Stewardship, 2nd Edition

Woodland Stewardship: A Practical Guide for Midwestern Landowners, 2nd Edition was published by the University of Minnesota Extension for use by private woodland owners in the Upper Midwest. This revised 2nd edition builds on the highly successful first edition in 1993, which was distributed to tens of thousands of landowners throughout the Midwest.  This new book is designed to help […]

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Windbreaks and living snow fences

Windbreaks are barriers used to reduce and redirect wind. They usually consist of trees and shrubs, but may also be perennial or annual crops and grasses, fences, or other materials. The reduction in wind speed behind a windbreak modifies the environmental conditions or microclimate in the sheltered zone. As wind blows against a windbreak, air pressure builds up on the […]

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