Our Logging Process
We make sure to dot our i’s and cross our t’s when it comes to a timber harvest.
1. Pre-Harvest Plan
First, our crew foreman creates a pre-harvest plan with you and answers any questions and concerns you have. His main focus is ensuring that the plan follows Best Management Practices (BMP's) to be as minimally intrusive to the forest as possible and protect future timber-harvesting interests.
3. From stump to yard
One of our greatest goals is to get from the tree stump to the log landing with the littlest damage possible. So, our team uses cable skidders to move the logs; instead of driving the skidder through the forest to each individual tree, we just bring a cable to the tree and then drag it to the skid road. That leaves the underbrush, young saplings, and nearby trees untouched.
2. Harvesting Backwards
The skid roads (roads the machines drive on), log landing, etc. are created so the harvesting can begin. Then, the harvesting begins starting at the edge of the forest first and working inwards towards the log landing. This keeps the machines from driving back and forth at random and leaves the woods as untouched as possible.
4. Finishing the Job
Once the trees are brought to the log landing with the skidder, the boom guy cleans up the trees and sorts them. This is a very important process as the way the trees are cut effects how well they sell. Afterwards, the logs are loaded onto the semi and brought to our log yard where they are stored. Our logs are often sold to local sawmills and even into world markets!
Our BMP's Checklist
The tree discussed here is specifically a shagbark-hickory, one of the many subspecies of hickory.
We use topographic maps to plan the very best route through the forest.
Adding water bars along the skidder trails to stop runoff and erosion during rain.
Our cutters are certified and tested through the DNR and know how to cut trees the right way for minimal-damage tree fall (directional felling).
Ensure tree tops don’t fall in water and remove any that do.
Make skidder roads through areas that have trees of less value, such as an area filled with beech, to keep the high quality, smaller trees around for future harvests.
Put in fords around running water and ditches to prevent the skidders from touching wet soil.
Use cable skidders, this takes more time and causes more work for the crew, but it protects the residual stand in a way other logging companies don’t.
We close out the job by grading ruts, smoothing out the landing, seeding and mulching exposed areas, and pick up trash.