Coppice Agroforestry: Tending Trees for Product, Profit, and Woodland Ecology

New Society. Jul. 2022. 576p. ISBN 9780865719705. pap. $59.99. AGRI
Ecologist and educator Krawczyk created the handbook he wished he’d had when studying coppice forestry—a practice based on the idea that stumps of trees regenerate into sprouts that grow. People have practiced this method all over the world throughout history, but it was lost among the early European settlers in North America. This book looks at how bringing back coppice forestry could help with problems such as resource depletion. Krawczyk lays out everything: the history of coppice, its importance to ecology and economy, and how to practice it. Illustrations and photographs support the text. The detailed book even touches on “tool sharpening and care.” Using an approachable writing style, the author explains potentially unfamiliar concepts. Unknown words or phrases also appear in bold to indicate their inclusion in the glossary. Because it is more of a manual than a leisurely read, average readers will likely skip this. However, readers who are dedicated to practicing coppice management or simply like bulky books on nature will enjoy.
VERDICT A specific audience will greatly appreciate this clear and comprehensive text.
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