Forest stewardship can be thought of as synonymous with soil stewardship. Healthy soils sustain wildlife habitat, grow high-quality timber, improve your forest’s resilience to stressors like drought, heat, and pests, and store carbon. So how does one become an expert in forest soils? Below we outline the fundamentals of soil stewardship and direct you to further reading on the subject. 1. Understand the soil types in your area Understanding the soil types in your forest will help you make informed forest management decisions about road building, harvesting, site preparation, planting, thinning, and more. Knowing the physical properties of your soils—such
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