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Q: Why should I harvest trees from my forest?
A:Selective harvesting promotes a healthy environment for forests. By removing the canopy of mature trees, it allows light to filter down to the forest floor enabling saplings to begin their growth cycle. Trees left standing past their maturity are not able to be fully utilized and eventually become a hazard to other trees or nearby facilities as they slowly die.
Q: Will other trees be damaged?
Great care is taken not to damage other trees as this could affect future harvests. However, trees are unpredictable so we can’t provide an absolute guarantee.
Q: Are the trails back bladed?
All trails are back-bladed to level them and debris is removed from the landing (where logs are collected). Routes for logging trails are carefully chosen to minimize environmental impact.
Q: How will trees be removed from the woods?
A skidder is used to move the logs to a landing where a logging truck then collects them for transport to the sawmill.
Q: What will my woods look like after being logged?
With proper selective harvesting, your forest will look different, but it will be healthy and will continue to grow and thrive. It may be a bit of a shock at first but within two or three years you will begin to see the benefit of harvesting your forest.
Q: How long will the logging process take?
This depends on the size and number of trees that will be removed as well as ground and weather conditions. We average about 20 trees per day with good logging conditions (when the ground isn’t wet, or there isn’t too much snow or wind.)
Q: How long is it going to take for my forest to grow back?
With proper harvesting a new generation of saplings will spring up where trees were removed within two or three years, and the hardwood cycle will begin again. Most selectively cut forests are ready to harvest again after fifteen or twenty years.
Q: What if I don’t want to cut certain trees or areas?
You can discuss this ahead of time with the timber buyer to ensure that anything sacred to you isn’t disturbed.
Q: Why are treetops left behind and not chipped?
Tops and branches are left on the land to return nutrients to the soil, to provide habitat for wildlife, to promote diversity, and to protect new growth. Many people also use the larger branches that are left behind for firewood.
Q: What are your thoughts on clear cutting?
It doesn’t conform to our philosophy on how to promote a healthy forest or industry. We are a company that has been passed down four generations. Clear cutting doesn’t allow for future harvesting and therefore is counter-productive to the longevity of our company and to environmental stewardship.
Q: Will animals be hurt in the process?
No. Additionally, the tops and branches left behind will provide new habitat and food for wildlife.