#51-Learning From The Landscape with Robert Bott

In the past, forest management was done with mainly wood fiber in mind. Today, we practice a much richer and dynamic approach to forest management. By taking into consideration all forest values, we can achieve a more harmonious and truly sustainable system. Values, such as soil and water quality, wildlife habitat and conservation, wood fiber and socio-economic impacts, all play a role in the decision matrix that is sustainable forest management. In the book “Learning From The Landscape”, Robert Bott and Robert Udell have described the making of such a management system. The book describes the establishment of “model” forests, from which we currently design our forest management plans. These forests were meant to be a place where research could take place, in order to inform best practices. Robert Bott and I discussed the book and its many topics.