An update on the 3rd edition

This is a book for private woodland owners in the Midwest that want to be stewards of their woods. This book is designed to help woodland owners identify goals for their property and work with a professional forester to choose the management practices that will help meet those goals. The first edition of this book was published in 1996 and a second edition was published in 2009.


This revised third edition of Woodland Stewardship builds upon previous successful editions. The book provides and overview of woodland stewardship and forest management practices and include new or expanded chapters on:

  • Forest health (Chapter 7),
  • Agroforestry (Chapter 11), and
  • Climate change for woodland owners (Chapter 16).

An online version of the book includes additional activities and resources for continued learning on these topics. The book is available in a variety of formats including print, e-book, and online versions:


The value of Woodland Stewardship continues to be in its collaborative efforts. Since its first edition, Extension faculty and staff and state and federal agency personnel have written new chapters, updated existing chapters, and reviewed material to ensure the latest science is in the hands of woodland owners. These organizations included the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Michigan State University, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and USDA Forest Service-Northern Research Station.


We thank several contributing authors to this project, including: Melvin Baughman, Charles Blinn, Bill Cook, Scott Craven, Dean Current, Paul Doruska, David Drake, John DuPlissis, Angela Gupta, Stephen Handler, Julie Miedtke, Karen Potter-Witter, Michael Reichenbach, Matthew Russell, Eli Sagor, Terry Serres, Jennifer Teegarden, Kris Tiles, David Wilsey, Gary Wyatt, and Diomy Zamora.


Funding for this project was provided by the USDA Forest Service Landscape Scale Restoration program (#16-DG-11420004-205) through an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry. We thank the University of Minnesota Libraries and especially Shane Nackerud for assistance in publishing the online version of this book.


This book is dedicated to Mel Baughman, for his leadership on the success of this project and his dedication to private woodland owner education.


Matthew Russell, Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota


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