Forests are already incredibly productive. With the stability that native plants establish, a richer ecosystem will take hold. The forest cycling nutrients successfully means that you will never have to fertilize. Thriving fungal networks and microorganisms in the soil increase the bioavailablility of nutrients and minerals for plants.
For woodland owners, non-timber forest products provide a stable income opportunity. The initial investment is mostly in labor, losses are low, and the returns can be regular and substantial.
Ruffed grouse, wild turkey, white-tailed deer and many others will find an abundance of food in a thriving ecosystem.
An economical means to heat your home, water and cook food. Especially if you utilize a rocket mass heater!
Fungi play an important role cycling nutrients and are an indicator of a healthy forest. These sought after gourmet treats are highly nutritious. A forest is a great place to cultivate mushrooms or one can forage for numerous wild crafted mushrooms including morel, chanterelle and chicken of the woods (pictured here).
With flowers in bloom throughout the season, the forest is an ideal place for beekeeping. Increased pollination in your forest results in more fruits, nuts, and seed for regeneration.
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Ginseng (pictured here), golden seal, black cohosh, blue cohosh, blood root and false unicorn are just a few of the numerous woodland plants that are traditionally used for healing.
Did you know you can tap black walnut and birch trees? A forest free of invasive plants enables one to approach trees to harvest their nutritious sap.
Wild apple trees integrated into the forest produce vibrantly delicious, non-toxic, fruit. They play well with other plants residing in the area. A spring bloom will provide nectar for insects, especially when wild crab apples are present.