Presentation on theme: "Small Woodland Management"— Presentation transcript:
1 Small Woodland Management ByAngela Gupta, U of MN ExtensionBarb Spears, TWF Consulting, LLCArt Widerstrom, MN DNR
2 Resources Resource List Both booklets are available for downloading on-line:Backyard Woods:Beyond the Suburbs:
3 Overview What is Small Woodland Management Your Goals Assessing & InventoryYour PlanManagement Options“Approximately 800,000 acres of non-industrial private forest (NIPF) land is in parcels of less than 20 acres – and the number of these smaller parcels is quickly growing.” (2001, Beyond the Suburbs)Larry Lefever/Grant Heilman Photography
4 Goal SettingThis guys cute but I think the binoculars imply looking forward better… Can you get the other pic? Barb cute pic of boy and binoculars on pg 4Get family involved, owners (parents?), kids, grandparents, anyone that will use, appreciate, and be involved with management.At the end of almost every chapter in the Backyard Woods book there’s a Family Activity for kids and family!!!!Discuss constraints (land/financial/family) anything that might impact your ability to manage the land.Use part of the worksheet in BS pg 9 as homework? In class worksheet?Dennis Haugen
5 Goal Setting General Guidelines to Consider: Encourage native species Discourage invasive speciesMinimize runoffAvoid construction damageRemember your neighborsFrom Beyond the Suburbs, pg 9Dennis Haugen
6 Goal Setting - Homework Insert homework page for discussion…Barb you’re working on that right?
7 Connectivity Assessing & Inventory Their property in the large landscapeWorking as a group ie: neighbors, home own associations, neighborhood associations, wood coops, etc… to work together and create more opportunitiesPhoto: random MapQuest Arial photo of N. Rochester. Point – It’s easy to find on-line resources that show your property and can help you and your neighbors get a better idea of the RESOURCE as a whole, not just YOUR property. May open-up management options.Connectivity – Beyond the Suburbs, pg 4, “the extent and means by which various resources connect.” Examples: migratory songbirds & red-shoulder hawk
8 Assessing & Inventory USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zones Photo by Soil-Science.infoLandscape inventory:Soil testVegetation, trees, flowers, plantsPlant hardiness zone
9 Assessing & InventoryMust also get a good assessment of the vegetative cover. This to consider:Forest types – tree coverWater features/hydrologyWildlife needs – Food, shelter, water, spaceSpecial places, features that are important to youAccess – roads, management, recreation, etc
10 Assessing & Inventory Special Forest Products Bill Beatty, Wild and NaturalCan you include the maple syrup picture from page 35? Something to diversify from mushrooms…
11 Your Plan Develop your own land management plan! Include: Your goals Your inventoryYour management objectivesMake sure your plan is in writing!Review it at least every 10 yearsInclude your family in your plan writing (goal setting, management activities, etc)Consider how the land will be passed on from generation to generation if that is a concern for you
12 Your PlanI’d like to put several images of these various plans. I realize they likely won’t look like much, just paper and words, but I’d like to stack them so folks realize there are some options. Do either of you have plan covers you can scan in?Examples of plan writing resources that might be available to these landowners:DNR Project PlanDNR Comprehensive PlanDNR Stewardship Plan (great than 20 acres)SWCD PlanNRCS EQUIP planBW Ten-Year Activity PlanCovenant Farms
13 Develop a PlanI don’t know the plans well enough – but should we recommend one of the plans mentioned on the previous slide and talk about it in more detail?Or we could have a plan as an example and talk through it to review imporant sections…
14 Management OptionsImproving wildlife habitat and viewing
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