The Woods In Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home
Length: 108 pages
Authors: Jonathan Kays, Adam K. Downing, Jim Finley, Andrew A. Kling, Craig Highfield, Nevin Dawson, Joy R. Drohan, Doug Tallamy
Features: Over 100 color photos, overview of native plants and invasive plants, activities to better understand your property, case studies, appendices, glossary, index
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About The Woods in Your Backyard
guide promotes the stewardship of small land parcels for the owner’s enjoyment
and for improved environmental quality. Written for educators and owners of 1 to 10 acres of wooded or unmowed
natural areas in the eastern United States and for land owners that want to turn mowed areas into woodlands.
By reading this guide, completing the activities, and reviewing the resources, you will achieve a better understanding of your land and develop a strategy to achieve your goals. This includes:
Understanding the benefits of managing your land
Mapping your property, assessing why you own it, and what you hope it will become
Understanding how your place functions in the larger landscape
Identifying habitat units on your property
Learning basics of tree identiﬁcation, forestry, and habitat management
Assessing and improving your property’s water resources, recreational possibilities, and aesthetic appeal
Choosing a few backyard projects to help meet your goals
Setting a timetable and marking your progress
The 2nd edition of The Woods in Your Backyard was authored by Jonathan Kays, Adam K. Downing, Jim Finley, Andrew A. Kling, Craig Highfield, Nevin Dawson, and Joy Drohan. Foreword by Doug Tallamy.