Art of Managing Longleaf A Personal History of the Stoddard-Neel Approach

ISBN-10: 0820344133

ISBN-13: 9780820344133

Edition: 2010

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Greenwood Plantation in the Red Hills region of southwest Georgia includes a rare one-thousand-acre stand of old-growth longleaf pine woodlands, a remnant of an ecosystem that once covered close to ninety million acres across the Southeast.The Art of Managing Longleafdocuments the sometimes controversial management system that not only has protected Greenwood’s “Big Woods” but also has been practiced on a substantial acreage of the remnant longleaf pine woodlands in the Red Hills and other parts of the Coastal Plain. Often described as an art informed by science, the Stoddard-Neel Approach combines frequent prescribed burning, highly selective logging, a commitment to a particular woodland aesthetic, intimate knowledge of the ecosystem and its processes, and other strategies to manage the longleaf pine ecosystem in a sustainable way.The namesakes of this method are Herbert Stoddard (who developed it) and his colleague and successor, Leon Neel (who has refined it). In addition to presenting a detailed, illustrated outline of the Stoddard-Neel Approach, the book—based on an extensive oral history project undertaken by Paul S. Sutter and Albert G. Way, with Neel as its major subject—discusses Neel’s deep familial and cultural roots in the Red Hills; his years of work with Stoddard; and the formation and early years of the Tall Timbers Research Station, which Stoddard and Neel helped found in the pinelands near Tallahassee, Florida, in 1958. In their introduction, environmental historians Sutter and Way provide an overview of the longleaf ecosystem’s natural and human history, and in his afterword, forest ecologist Jerry F. Franklin affirms the value of the Stoddard-Neel Approach.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 3/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.25" wide x 4.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Albert G. Way is an assistant professor of history at Kennesaw State University. He is coauthor ofThe Art of Managing Longleaf: A Personal History of the Stoddard-Neel Approach(Georgia).

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Forestry beyond One Generation
Growing Up in the Woods
Time Well Spent with Mr. Stoddard
The Early Years of Tall Timbers Research Station
The Stoddard-Neel Approach: Managing the Trees for the Forest
Afterword The Legacy of Leon Neel
Notes
Index
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