Conservation Forestry is management that emphasizes stewardship of the forest resources – protection of soil and water quality, long-rotation, high-value products, ecological diversity, and complexity of the forest system. It is a management philosophy where the “environment” is a benefit, not a cost.
This manual describes the on-the-ground operations which strengthen the likelihood that our forests will be healthier, more diverse, more valuable places in future than they are today. It is designed as a “How-To” book for Conservation Forestry. Underlying all of this is the commitment of The Nature Conservancy to the future. The development of valuable, ecologically healthy forests and prosperous forest-based economies in our future begins with the choices we make in our forest management today.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Protecting Water Quality
Chapter 3: Protecting Rare Species & Communities
Chapter 4: Managing Biodiversity
Chapter 5: Maintaining and Enhancing Soil Health
Chapter 6: Addressing Social Concerns
Chapter 7: Writing Management Plans
Chapter 8: Writing Silvicultural Descriptions
Chapter 9: Designing and Building Road Systems
Chapter 10: Timber Harvest and Marketing