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Most discussions about forests and forest management are filled with terminology, concepts, and techniques that are alien to most landowners in Wisconsin.  The publications included here define many of these concepts and provide some background for the understanding of management prescriptions foresters might recommend for your forest.

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Definitions and terms

Forest Succession
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1996
Publication number: Forestry Fact 78
Keywords: old growth, succession, forest management, change, communities, associations

Forestry Terms
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension, 1996
Publication number: G3018
Keywords: definition, meaning, abbreviations

How Forest Trees Grow
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3277
Keywords: forest management, tree, growth, height, diameter, roots, branches, reproduction, flowering, seed production

What Is A Board Foot?

Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1989
Publication number: Forestry Fact 42
Keywords: definition, board foot, volume, measurement, inventory, diameter, timber harvest

What Is A Chain?
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1989
Publication number: Forestry Fact 45
Keywords: definition, chain, distance, measurement, inventory

What Is A Cord?
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1989
Publication number: Forestry Fact 44
Keywords: definition, cord, volume, measurement, inventory, timber harvest

What Is Basal Area?
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1989
Publication number: Forestry Fact 43
Keywords: definition, basal area, measurement, diameter, inventory, timber harvest

Wood Use and Society

Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 2001
Publication number: Forestry Fact 93
Keywords: wood products, wood use, production

Woods Words (2009201020112012)
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension- Environmental Resources Center
Publication number: ERC1
Keywords: resources, foresters, loggers
 

Inventory and measurements

Forest Trees of Wisconsin OR try the Tree ID Key
Produced by: 
WI Department of Natural Resources, 2003
Publication number: FR-053
Keywords: identification, tree, forest

Make Your Own Diameter Tapes
Produced by: MNDNR
Publication number: PLT1
Keywords: measurement, diameter, circumference

Measuring Trees and Estimating Volume
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3332
Keywords: measurement, volume, height, diameter, inventory

Estimating and Interpreting Site Index

Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension, 1996
Publication number: G3361
Keywords: measurement, site quality, potential, investment, management, capacity, productivity

Estimating Stocking Conditions

Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension, 1996
Publication number: G3362
Keywords: measurement, stand, stocking, basal area, density, management, yield, volume, growth

Land Measurement and Survey

Produced by: Oregon State University Extension
Publication number:  PNW-581
Keywords: survey types, legal basis, maps, aerial photographs, GIS, GPS

Tree Identification Key
Produced by: UW Stevens Point
Publication number: LEAF1
Keywords: identification, leaf

Winter Tree Identification Key
Produced by: UW Stevens Point
Publication number: LEAF2
Keywords: identification, twig, bud, fruit, scar