Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees


Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees

by William Bryant Logan, 384 pages, 6½x9½, hardcover. “Once...no place could prosper without its inhabitants knowing how to cut their trees so they would sprout again.” In this history of the tradition of managing woodlands with the art of coppicing and pollarding, Logan recounts the myriad uses of small-diameter wood when it’s cultivated for perpetual supply. With detailed historical accounts and anecdotes from the author’s own work as an arborist, each chapter delves into a different way coppiced wood has been used across the globe, from England to the Basque country, Japan to California, and beyond. Wherever there are hardwood trees, there can be perpetual availability of materials for hedges, livestock feed, fenceposts, garden stakes and even bridges. You will be inspired to look into your own yard or woods for sustainable alternatives to conventional building materials that, if managed properly, will replenish themselves year after year. -Jacob Mentlik

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