Landowners recognize there are a number of values in their woodlot such as wildlife and pollinator habitat, protecting water quality, and, with attention to stocking rates and time of year, woodlot management can include livestock grazing. Woodlots can be managed for small-scale production of forest products, such as firewood, as well as for recreational uses like bird watching and hiking. Forested lands protect soil from wind and water erosion.
Landowners often plant trees and shrubs to establish or enhance a woodlot. These plantings include riparian buffers, shelterbelts, Eco-Buffers, and land conversion projects going back to forested lands.
The mission of the Agroforestry & Woodlot Extension Society's (AWES) is to increase the awareness of the economic, social, and environmental values of agroforestry and woodlots in the agricultural landscape. AWES website: http://www.awes-ab.ca/
AWES produces a variety of extension material including fact sheets, articles, manuals, and guides. The wide range of topics cover bioenergy, shelterbelts, tree planting, insects and diseases, sawmilling, and non-timber forest products. http://www.awes-ab.ca/publications.html
- Woodlots and Wildlife
- Woodlot Management - Defining Goals
- Planting an Edible Riparian Forest Buffer
- Attributes that Attract Wildlife