The woods in your backyard: learning to create and enhance natural areas around your home (PALS 2 - FRONT MATTER ONLY)

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Turn mowed areas into low-maintenance forested areas! This book is written for owners of 1–10 acres that are forested, un-mowed, or mowed areas that you would like to turn into forest. The book includes twenty activities that will help you assess your family’s goals and the property’s trees, water sources, wildlife, recreation potential, legal constraints, and more. This knowledge will be used to develop a list of projects and a schedule. Twenty-one projects are described including creating an opening, planting trees, pruning, streamside stabilization, and trail design. The activity worksheets are completed for three example families and properties. A workbook with blank activity sheets is included for your property. It also contains 90 color photos and a resource list. The book was written for the Mid- Atlantic, Northeast, and Great Lakes states but has been used in other parts of the country and in Canada. This is an updated version of NRAES–184, published in 2006. DUE TO OUSTANDING COPYRIGHT ISSUES OR CLEARLY IDENTIFIED OUT-OF-DATE PRACTICES (E.G. SAFETY CONCERNS), ONLY THE FRONT MATTER (E.G. COVER, ToC, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, ETC) ARE PROVIDED HERE AT THIS TIME. Print copies of this item can be found at libraries listed here:

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This 81 page publication (PALS-2, a revised version of NRAES-184) was published by Plant and Life Sciences Publishing (PALS), formed to manage the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES, previously known as the Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service) catalog, a multi-university program in the Northeast US disbanded in 2011. Ceasing operations in 2018, PALS was a program of the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University. PALS assisted university faculty in publishing, marketing and distributing books for small farmers, gardeners, land owners, workshops, college courses, and consumers.


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Natural Landscaping; Gardening to attract wildlife; Garden Ecology; Garden and Landscape


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Kays, J. et al. (2006). The woods in your backyard: learning to create and enhance natural areas around your home. Ithaca, N.Y.: Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service.

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