coppicers on kickstarter

posted November 10, 2010

for those of you not yet tuned into the sustainability forestry kick: coppicing is revelatory.

Help these guys write a book about it by pledging on  Kickstarter!  Here’s some of their blurb:

We humans must develop land management systems that provide diverse products to meet our needs while regenerating healthy ecosystems. Coppice agroforestry systems can do exactly this.

Many woody plants resprout from the stump or root suckers when cut to the ground–we call the regrowth “coppice”, and the management system “coppicing”. Many ancient cultures understood this plant behavior and managed coppice to produce their fuel, craft and building materials, livestock fodder, fencing, and much more. In North America, coppicing was a casualty of European emigration from a culture of resource conservation (by necessity) to one of widespread overexploitation and industrialization. We now must re-engage with these practices and develop them to a high art for our times and for our future.

Mark Krawczyk ( and and Dave Jacke ( have therefore decided to write “Coppice Agroforestry: Perennial Silviculture for the 21st Century.” Coppice Agroforestry will serve as a detailed manual for foresters, farmers, craftspeople, and land managers describing the history, ecology, economics, design, and management of agroforestry systems based on the repeated harvest of small diameter wood products from resprouting tree stumps.