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Northeastern Forest Regeneration Handbook A Guide for Forest Owners, Harvesting Practitioners, and Public Officials


This handbook has been prepared to help readers develop an appreciation of how northeastern forests develop and an understanding of forest regeneration concepts, including the importance of disturbance. This information will help landowners and other land use decisionmakers, in concert with professional foresters, make informed decisions about forest regeneration options tailored to their management objectives.

Marketing Dead Timber in the Upper Midwest


Gypsy moth, oak wilt, emerald ash borer, two-lined chestnut borer, forest tent caterpillar-these are some of the many insects and diseases affecting the forests of the Upper Midwest. Trees that are killed by these and other pests can provide income if they are harvested to make a variety of wood products. This publication provides helpful information and insights if you are considering marketing dead and dying timber in the Upper Midwest. To market dead or dying timber, your first step is to contact a professional forester.

Forest Sustainability Assessment for the Northern United States


The Forest Sustainability Assessment for the Northern United States provides a snapshot of today’s forests and a baseline for tracking future trends. This comprehensive assessment of forest sustainability is organized according to an international system of criteria and indicators known as the Montreal Process. Criteria define broad categories of sustainability; indicators are specific measurements within each category.

Multi-State Priority Issues in the Northeast and Midwest


Landscape scale conservation occurs when multiple landowners pursue common conservation goals, across large blocks of land, to ensure ecosystems are healthy. Conservation on a landscape scale requires both coordination and a commitment across all land ownership types, including private, State, and Federal. All three branches of the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, are working together and collaborating with partners towards shared landscape conservation goals.

Return of the Acorn: A Landscape Scale Restoration Initiative

Oak trees are a keystone species in the Chicago area, underpinning the diversity of the region’s natural areas. Changes in land use have fragmented the oak savannas into patches, resulting in loss of over 80 percent of this oak ecosystem. Additionally, the fraction remaining is threatened by invasive species and further development. These remaining patches of oak savanna provide coastal ravines, plateaus, and woodlands with conditions that support populations of rare plants, butterflies, bats, migratory birds, and other wildlife through acorn production and habitat diversity.

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