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The Art of Managing Longleaf

A Personal History Of The Stoddard-Neel Approach

By Leon Neel, 1927-

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 Longleaf documents 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

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Publish Date

2010

ISBN

9780820330471


Format: Book
Author: Neel, Leon, 1927-
Title: The art of managing longleaf : a personal history of the Stoddard-Neel approach / Leon Neel ; with Paul S. Sutter and Albert G. Way.
Publisher Date: Athens : University of Georgia Press, 2010.
Subject: Forest management -- Southern States -- History Longleaf pine -- Southern States -- History.
Isbn: 9780820330471 0820330477
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Format: Book
Author: Neel, Leon, 1927-
Title: The art of managing longleaf : a personal history of the Stoddard-Neel approach / Leon Neel ; with Paul S. Sutter and Albert G. Way.
Publisher, Date: Athens : University of Georgia Press, 2010.
Description: 211 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.
Subjects: Forest management -- Southern States -- History
Subjects: Longleaf pine -- Southern States -- History.
Other Author: Way, Albert G.
Other Author: Sutter, Paul
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: 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.
LCCN: 2009029173
ISBN: 9780820330471
ISBN: 0820330477
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Call Number: 634.9751 Nee