We bought 5ha of scrubby forest in Portugal two years ago, absolutely cluttered with dead trees, brambles, and stunted, overcrowded saplings. 30 years ago it was agricultural land, but with abandonment has rewilded, but badly.
We cut a number of trails through the forest, cleared some of the undergrowth, and we now have boar and deer maintaining said trails and cropping the undergrowth down in the areas around them.
What was just dense thickets of dead thorns is now grassy and flowering, and we’ve started seeing all sorts of wildlife appear that just couldn’t get in previously.
There are groups and individuals that specialize in gathering wild native seeds for this type of activity. They are extremely passionate and helpful.
Here is similar book regarding axe care.
An Axe to Grind https://www.fs.fed.us/t-d//pubs/pdfpubs/pdf99232823/pdf99232...
An Axe to Grind (1999)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHmTLDG5aSg (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYNHWH6ipic (Part 2)
It’s a trail tool, but serves many purposes — from grubbing out weeds, to contouring paths, to leveraging boulders. I love it.
I also have a Japanese saw referred to as a human powered chainsaw (I think it’s called “The Silky Big Boy”) and it’s a close second. I use it to limb up trees to reduce fire hazards, prune larger branches, etc.
Hand Tools for Trail Work
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekyJ8pMbTcE (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-wXYgwjcqw (Part 2)
Use and Care of Hand Tools and Measuring Tools
My favorite one is the Army Survival guide. Probably the best and most detailed guide one out there
You're right though, I've found searching for these lists to be very time consuming and the databases do not tend to be very user friendly.
I have a friend who does trail maintenance in the Dolly Sodds and surrounding areas, and he has gotten quite adept at using a crosscut saw with his partner. I've seen it in action, and the efficiency of that tool, in the hands of skilled users, is quite impressive.
National Park Service manages lands that are legally classified as wilderness areas.
Not really worth it unless you're doing some real felling.