Cover

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Contents

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p. vii

List of Illustrations

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p. ix

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INTRODUCTION: Forestry beyond One Generation

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pp. 1-26

We first met Leon Neel in, of all places, a parking lot. It was a radiant morning in downtown Thomasville, Georgia, in the spring of 2004. Just two miles west of us lay some of the most beautiful land in the southern coastal plain, land that we knew contained prime examples of an endangered longleaf-grassland ...

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CHAPTER ONE: Growing Up in the Woods

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pp. 27-58

One of the most important tenets of the Stoddard-Neel Approach is a deep appreciation of the woods that one is managing, an appreciation born of intimate experience working and being in the woods. While the approach itself is the product of my experience working with Herbert Stoddard and of professionally ...

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CHAPTER TWO: Time Well Spent with Mr. Stoddard

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pp. 59-102

When I was growing up during the 1920s and 1930s I was only vaguely aware of a man over in Grady County doing research on the bobwhite quail. My father, of course, was the land manager for his own property, and he was a quail hunter, but he was not a member of the Cooperative Quail Investigation, which had ...

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CHAPTER THREE: The Early Years of Tall Timbers Research Station

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pp. 103-147

During the 1950s, after I came to work for Mr. Stoddard, there slowly emerged a conversation about creating an institution for scientific research that would carry on the work in the Red Hills that had been initiated by the Quail Investigation in the 1920s. Mr. Stoddard was obviously the key to that, as so much of the management knowledge we were working with had resulted ...

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CHAPTER FOUR: The Stoddard-Neel Approach: Managing the Trees for the Forest

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pp. 148-193

I learned most of the techniques, principles, and approaches of my forestry practice from Herbert Stoddard, who was a true pioneer in coming to understand how longleaf woodlands worked. The Stoddard-Neel Approach that I have practiced throughout my career has evolved somewhat, to incorporate new ...

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AFTERWORD: The Legacy of Leon Neel

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pp. 194-198

The incredibly rich and complex longleaf pine ecosystem of the southern coastal plain is without parallel in the diversity of its ground cover, with hundreds of species of herbs and grasses often present within a single stand, sustaining an incredible array of wildlife—birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians—with some, ...

Notes

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pp. 199-204

Index

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pp. 205-211