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Compendium of Best Urban Forest Management Practices

Chapter 12. Management of Urban Woodlots and Parks

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Urban woodlots and parks provide wildlife habitat, maintain soil and water quality, are aesthetically appealing and provide a huge amount of human recreational opportunities. There are a number of factors which forest managers must be cognizant of in the management of wooded areas in an urban context. They include:- Forest soil compaction: using techniques to restrict traffic in urban woodlots to specific roads and trails- Invasive species: controlling non-native invasive plant species from displacing native vegetation- Safety: recognizing hazardous trees and removing them to keep wooded areas safe for people as well as employing techniques to ensure that sight lines are maintained within wooded areas to ensure visitors have a safe and happy experienceManagement practices include planting buffer strips to mitigate compaction, pruning to clear sight lines and implementing monitoring programs.


Woodlot Management Publications, Southern Manitoba
Ecological Woodlot Management, Carolinian Canada
Woodlot License Management Plan, Ministry of Forests and Range, BC
Woodlot Management Home Study Program, NS
Woodland Management Planning, BC
Ecological Woodlot Management, Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario
Ontario Woodlot Association
Grey County Woodlot Association, ON
Best Management Practices Manual for Manitoba’s Private Woodlots
Urban Parks Management Plan, Edmonton, AB

Online documents (.PDF or .DOC)

Managing Your Woodland, Canadian Forest Service, BC
Private Woodlot Management in the Maritimes
Woodlot Protection Strategy, City of Vaughan, ON
Woodlot Management Resources, Forest Shop
Sustainable Practices for the Oak Ridges Moraine, ON

Non-Canadian sites & resources

Shoreland Woodlot Best Management Practices, University of Minnesota
North Dakota Forestry Best Management Practices (.PDF)
Resource Protection Mission: Urban Wilds and Natural Areas, City of Boston, MA

Bibliographical Resources:

Hilts, S. and Mitchell, P. (1999). The Woodlot Management Handbook: Making the Most of Your Wooded Property for Conservation, Income or Both. Firefly Books. 282 pp.

Hilts, S. and Mitchell, P. (1997). Taking Stock: Preparing an Inventory of Your Woodland. Centre for Land and Water Stewardship, University of Guelph. 46 pp.

Southern Ontario Woodlands: The Conservation Challenge. Federation of Ontario Naturalists. 1999. 164 pp.

Twolan-Strutt, L (1995). Wetlands and Woodlots. North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Canada). 24 pp.


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