Why Plant Mast-Producing Trees?

Mast-producing trees provide many benefits for wildlife, for humans, and for the environment.

Mast is one of the most important food sources for hundreds of species of mammals and birds, including game animals such as deer and wild turkey. …

Stump Culture: Coppice for Conifers

Stump culture is a type of conifer tree harvesting that is closely related to the practice of coppicing. In coppice systems, trees are cut down to stumps, and the tree regenerates from the roots. Unlike deciduous trees, conifers cannot …

Fight Poverty With Mast-Producing Trees

Afghanistan was once famous for its fruit and nut orchards. In the 1960′s, the country was food self-sufficient and earned more than half of its export income from crops such as almonds, apricots, and grapes. In fact, Afghanistan …

Alternative Crops From Mast-Producing Trees

For many farmers and landowners, Return On Investment (ROI) is a major concern when converting crop or pasture land to trees. Although government incentive programs can encourage conservation measures such as hedgerows and riparian buffer zones, these measures must …

The Best Non-Native Mast-Producing Trees and Shrubs

Although native mast producing trees provide the most benefits for wildlife and the local environment, many non-native mast producing trees also provide benefits for wildlife, the environment, and humans. The following is a selection of the best non-native …