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All-Age Management, Demonstration Woodlot

Many forest owners value their forest for wildlife habitat, recreation, and aesthetics. Given accurate information, many want to manage their woodlot using sound silviculture but clear-cutting as a regeneration method may not be visually acceptable. While a profitable timber harvest is of interest, a visually pleasing residual stand may be more important. To meet this objective, Stand D1 of the SVAREC forests was selected to demonstrate All-Age Management using group selection silviculture and individual thinning of select trees to create four age classes.

Feb 23, 2015 ANR-132NP
Creating Silvopastures: Some Considerations When Thinning Existing Timber Stands

Silvopastures intentionally integrate trees with forage
and livestock production in a rotational grazing
system. These systems have the potential to improve
animal comfort, increase farm resource use efficiency,
boost income, and mitigate environmental costs.

Sep 30, 2016 CSES-155P
Defining Silvopastures: Integrating Tree Production With Forage-Livestock Systems for Economic, Environmental, and Aesthetic Outcomes

To many Virginia landowners, silvopasture is a
somewhat novel term composed of common elements:
“silvo,” a derivation of the Latin “silva,” refers to
woods or forest; “pasture” refers to the plants that
make up grazing lands — the basis for most ruminant
livestock production. While these words are readily
recognized individually, there is some confusion about
the combined term — “silvopasture.” The aim of this
publication is to reduce confusion by clearly defining
silvopasture, explaining why and how trees might
be managed together with forages and livestock, and
describing some of the hurdles and opportunities that
come with managing these agroforestry systems.

May 23, 2016 CSES-146P
Living Well Newsletter, Volume 9, Issue 1 Aug 8, 2013 FCS-46P
Options for Clearing Land: Pasture Establishment for Horses

You have considered the ramifications of clearing your land (To Clear or Not To Clear – That Is the Question, Virginia Cooperative Extension publication 465-340), and you have decided to go forward. Now this publication addresses a question many new landowners ask: How do I clear land?

May 1, 2009 465-341
So You Want To Sell Timber Sep 23, 2015 ANR-154P
TREE Cookies Etc. Spring 2010 Mar 15, 2013 ANR-61
TREE Cookies Etc. Winter 2011/12 Mar 18, 2013 ANR-62
TREE Cookies Etc. Winter 2012/13 Jan 22, 2013 ANR-33
TREE Cookies Etc. Winter 2015 Jan 13, 2015 ANR-139NP
The Woods In Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home

Small lots, such as the one you may own, are a big deal. The vast majority of land owners have less than 10 acres. This land, wooded or not, is a vital source for all. By enhancing or creating natural areas and woodland on your lot, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife, and water quality. If your lot connects to other lots, there’s ample opportunity to make an even bigger impact by getting neighbors involved! Owners of even just a few acres can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices learned at the Woodland Stewardship Education's “The Woods in Your Backyard” workshop. The basic stewardship practices learned at the workshop will bring you many personal benefits

May 17, 2016 ANR-199NP
Thinning Hardwoods, Demonstration Woodlot

Most forest owners value their forest for wildlife habitat, recreation and aesthetics. Given accurate information, they may manage their woodlot to achieve these and other goals using sound silviculture. Thinning over-stocked woodlots is one silvicultural management tool. Thinning can modify spacing and diversity of species to meet desired goals which may include timber, wildlife, aesthetics and more. Thinning also improves woodlot vigor by removing over-mature, suppressed, defective or weakened trees. To meet theses objective, Stand D2 was selected for a thinning research & demonstration site.

Apr 24, 2015 ANR-133NP (ANR-149NP)
Timber Selling Tips: Forestry Fact Sheet for Landowners Sep 23, 2015 ANR-155P
To Clear or Not To Clear -- That Is the Question

There are several reasons why someone might want to clear woodland. Pasture for livestock, space for horseback riding, creating a vista, making space for a garden, increasing lawn size, or establishing a field for hay or other crops are but a few. Regardless of the reason, it is important to carefully evaluate all options and thoroughly understand the ramifications.

May 1, 2009 465-340
Trees and Shrubs that Tolerate Saline Soils and Salt Spray Drift Apr 8, 2015 430-031 (HORT-111P)
Welcome to the Woods! A Guide for New Virginia Woodland Owners May 13, 2015 ANR-136P