Working with Your Woodland

A Landowner’s Guide

Mollie Beattie, Charles Thompson, and Lynn Levine

Packed with information and illustrations, Working with Your Woodland has given woodland owners all the basics necessary for making key decisions since it was first published in 1983. The revised edition reflects the fundamental changes in the way private woodlands are viewed. Today they must be seen as part of the whole earth rather than as owner-managed islands. Few owners are aware of the wide spectrum of compatible management objectives–such as encouragement of wildlife, development for recreation, and enhancement of scenic beauty–that can coexist with the more familiar timber and firewood potential of forested areas. Even fewer understand the purpose, techniques, environmental impacts, economics, or legalities of forest management. This edition provides necessary updating of the technological, environmental, tax, and legal concerns associated with woodland management. Three chapters have been completely rewritten, and there is new information on wetlands management, global warming, acid deposition, and rare or endangered species.

Cover Image of Working with Your Woodland: A Landowner’s Guide
Paper: $29.95 | E-book: $27.99
ISBN-13: 9780874516227
Pages: 302 | Size: 6 in. x 9 in.
Date Published: September 1, 1993


  • This popular handbook now updated and reflecting a more holistic view of forest ownership as stewardship "will sharpen the sensibilities and understanding of woodland owners from the absolute preservationist to the adamant capitalist.

    American Forests

About the Author

Before her death in 1996, MOLLIE BEATTIE headed up the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C. She was previously Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources and Commissioner of Forests, Parks, and Recreation for the State of Vermont. A forester, she also worked as a private land manager for several years. CHARLES THOMPSON is Forester with GMO Renewable Resources and was previously Executive Director of the New England Foresty Foundation. LYNN LEVINE has owned and operated her own consulting firm, Forest*Care, since 1978 in East Dummerston, Vermont. She is co-author of Mammal Tracks: Life Size Tracking Guide and teaches people of all ages about the forest.

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