Welcome back to another episode in this ongoing series on tree planting and agroforestry. Today we’re going to pick up where we left off last week in our conversation with Mark Krawczyk about the practice of coppicing woody perennial plants and woodland management as a whole.
For a quick recap, Mark Krawczyk is the author of the new book Coppice Agroforestry: Tending trees for product, profit, & woodland ecology. Mark is an applied ecologist, educator, and grower incorporating the practices of permaculture design, agroforestry, natural building, traditional woodworking, and small-scale forestry. He owns and operates Keyline Vermont LLC, providing farmers, homeowners, and homesteaders with education, design, and consulting services. He and his wife also manage Valley Clayplain Forest Farm, 52 acres of field and forest in New Haven, Vermont.
Despite the focus on coppice agroforestry systems that this conversation continues to revolve around, Mark and I also go into a wide array of other topics including the long history of forestry management in indigenous cultures around the world, understanding invasive species, woodland products and small craft economies, fire mitigation strategies, and a whole lot more.
This is the second of the two part episode, and if you missed the fist portion, I highly recommend you go back and have a listen because it’s really worthwhile and it’ll help put more of what we’re talking about today into context. Another bonus that comes along with this episode is that thanks to New Society, the publishers of this book, I’ll be offering a free volume of Coppice Agroforestry to listeners of this show. And yes, even though I first announced this last week, there’s still a chance to win. Be sure to stay tuned until the end of the episode where I’ll let you know how you can win your own copy.