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Tending the Woodlot

The crop tree crown in the center of this illustration has been separated into four quadrants, or sides. A free-to-grow rating is determined by evaluating each side for competition from neighboring crowns. This crop tree is free to grow on three side

The crop tree crown in the center of this illustration has been separated into four quadrants, or sides. A free-to-grow rating is determined by evaluating each side for competition from neighboring crowns. This crop tree is free to grow on three side

October 1, 2020

Many MOFGA farmers and gardeners will head to their woodlots this fall and winter. To improve those stands, Noah Gleason-Hart, MOFGA’s low-impact forestry specialist, discusses one method of management in his column “Crop Tree Management: Managing for Value, Not Volume” in the fall issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. Crop tree management, he writes, “identifies valuable individual trees and then focuses growth on these trees by cutting direct competitors while leaving the rest of the forest untouched. It’s an accessible method that you and I can use to start actively managing our woodlots.” Read more here.

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