Wanted: a landowner's manual

We've bought land twice-- once ten acres of irrigated hay ground, the other being 37 acres of woodland. In that time, we've bought and sold a number of cars. Each car-- no matter how old-- came with an owner's manual telling us the car's features, how to troubleshoot problems, how often to change the oil. Even though they cost a lot more than the vehicles, we never had that basic introduction to our parcels of land. There was no documentation explaining the soil or geology, nor what types of plants grew there, not even an explanation of the irrigation system. When it came to understanding what we had, we had to figure it out ourselves, in many cases the hard way. This brings to mind a question-- why isn't there a landowner's manual provided when you put down thousands of dollars for a piece of property?

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