(VIDEO) Sustainable Forestry Design and Management with Britt Boucher
An Integrated Permaculture Approach To Managing Your Woodland for Optimal Ecologic and Economic Abundance
What: 3:40 Minute Video Downloadable or Streamable Course
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Questions? Email Daniel here
This is the first session of the Holistic Agroforestry Course and includes a 3 hour and 40 minute video of intensive learning and application on Timshel Permaculture’s 300-acre farm. The course as a whole is designed for those engaged in or enthusiastic about sustainably growing and managing a woodland or forest for improved ecology and economy.
Have you ever wondered how to sustainably manage your woodland to promote its natural ecosystem alongside your economy? Do you know how to mark trees, classify timber stands, or measure basal area? Do you know how to identify native trees within your local biome? Do you know the difference between a Mockernut and Pignut Hickory or why you probably won’t find any Sycamores on dry ridges?
If any of those questions interest you, then you’re at the right place!
The Course and Its Goals
Although often consider as an illimitable land of abundance, the temperate forests is bound by biomass benchmarks, site-specific resources, and distinctive microclimates. In effect, its biotic cap is determined by place, kind and time: how much of what can live when. This means that a particular timber stand can only support a given number of trees of a given specific for a given period of time before mother nature steps in to reduce the pull of resources in the form of death or static diameter.
Such is the job of the Permaculture Forester. Girded with observation, creativity, and a paint can, he is to walk the complex and intricate path of stewardship to promote, foster, and nurture the optimal growth and abundance of the forest as a whole—its timber, nuts, fruits, wildlife, farmed-life, microscopic life, flora, fauna, fungi, etc. Fellow Agroforester John Munsell of Virginia Tech said it best, “It is here that forests offer their lesson, providing structural and functional signposts that inform thoughtful and productive use.”
The purpose of this course is to learn how to see, understand, and act on those very natural signposts to foster abundance under the wooded canopy.
The goal of this course is educate the small forest owner, farmer, environmentalist, or forester on both the dendrology—the study and identification of trees—and economy of a properly managed forest system. This course provides an intensive overview of tree species, forest management techniques, and value added processing options that help diversify and strengthen your local biome, ecosystem, farm, and overall community.
You will learn how to manage your forest to:
- Promote and foster its natural abundance and fertility
- Improve its amenity and pleasure
- Reduce its fire hazard
- Differentiate forest communities and map them
- Recognize and remove its invasive species
- Improve its future timber and environmental values
- Better integrate and manage its timber trees within your farming landscape
- Harvest its bioenergy and firewood
- Enjoy its supreme pleasure and reap its infinite rewards
- Practice additional agroforestry methods of swine, mushrooms, wild crafting and more!
Britt stepped into the field of sustainable forestry in the mid 1970s out of the deep desire to heal that which man was destroying: the natural forest and its abundance of resources.
After graduating with a Masters degree in Forest Management and Economics from Virginia Tech, Britt designed and engineered the nationally recognized and industry standard data collection and calculation software program used for over 30 years within the forestry industry. More than his 40,000 hours of active forest observation and management in this 30-year career is his passion and ardor for fostering healthy forest ecosystems and balanced management practices for landowner’s economic goals.
He has conducted workshop for landowners and organizations on forest economics, sustainable forestry, land protection & management, and agroforestry for over three decades.
“To care for things that are alive, you must be involved, and have the clarity of, and confidence of, [that forest’s] history. Experience and study provides the understanding of what actions are needed to guide your caring actions and influence your desired outcome. Focused involvement and ‘listening’ to history provides the answers you seek to the question; “What do I do to care for this place?” The only way to care for a living thing in the long-term successfully is to use adaptive management with focused intent and surfing the change. To change things in a direction that I/you think is restorative, good, healthy, and positive you need well-intended finesse gathered from the subtle teachings of how the forest works. If you shove, you get shoved back, and worse. That is the First-rule-of-play with Mother.” – Britt Boucher, Forester.
Permaculture Farmer & Co-Owner of Timshel Permaculture Farm
Daniel came to permaculture with a background in history, computer science, and mathematics. In 2013, he was diagnosed with multiple life-altering medical conditions and ultimately found health, peace, and a regenerative life in the supreme abundance of our wonderfully created natural world.
Along with his wife (Morgan) and daughter (Eloywn), Daniel owns and operates Timshel Permaculture Farm, a three hundred acre regenerative and grass-based permaculture farm and nursery, raising pastured poultry and grass-fed beef and growing a wealth of biodiverse acres under tree-crop/perennial nurseries, holistic orchards, vegetable and herb gardens, and food-forest production systems.
A tenacious autodidact, Daniel’s passions of forestry, horticulture, and animal husbandry saturate Timshel’s philosophy and mission: to regenerate the land; feed the soul; and nourish the body. His ardor for regenerative health and land management led him to study under the guidance and teaching of Geoff Lawton of Zaytuna Farm in Australia.
Daniel is our resident certified permaculture designer, Traditional Chinese Medicine student, horticulture and tree enthusiast, and regenerative farmer. Aside from his love for permanent agricultural systems and holistic health, Daniel is a historical scholar of the Early American West—whose published work includes “Daniel Boone: The Enigmatic Legend of American Mythology”—and is a traditional Colonial American woodworker. He has degrees in both Computer Science and American History and Political Philosophy. Most importantly, however, he is the father to the sweetest girl in the world and an undeserving husband to the most wonderful wife in the world.