Frequently Asked Questions
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    Why should I cut my trees at all?

    The number one reason to harvest a tree from a hardwood setting is to promote growth and a healthy environment for other trees in the stand. Once a tree is harvested, it allows smaller, younger trees to flourish.

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    What about the mess left afterwards?

    When trees are harvested the “top” of the tree is left in the woods to breakdown as nutrients back into the earth. Other than that there should be a minimal impact to the land. Great care is taken to not bump into other trees and existing logging trails are used whenever possible.

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    Won't it look like a bomb went off?

    No, if the landowner agrees to a good select cut, and the forest is not over-harvested, it should not. BUT, there will be a change in the way the forest appears at first and it can be a bit of a visual shock. In most cases, within 12-18 months there is almost no evidence of a harvest.

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    What about the cleanup?

    Our logging crews will back blade (smooth out) all logging roads, make sure the landing area is free of debris, and ensure all leaners and spring poles are brought to the ground in the forest.

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    Do you do clear cuts?

    No, we do not perform clear cuts on hardwood stands. There have been cases where timber prices have been high, or landowners are in financial duress that a decisions has been made to perform a clear cut. However, we do not condone nor wish to be a part of an overly heavy harvest on any stand of hardwood timber.

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    How long does the process take?

    That depends on the size of the job, and the environment in which the tree are in (hills, wet areas, etc.) as well as weather conditions (snow). Typically on average our loggers cut 20 to 30 trees per day.

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    Does it matter what time of year you perform a harvest?

    Yes, cooler months are usually best for hardwood cuts. In the heat of the summer is a poor time to perform a harvest on a high grade stand of timber. In the dead of winter with a heavy snow load is also a poor time to harvest in the hilly regions of our area. Dry autumn days are the finest for working in the woods.

What Our Clients Say

  • Will call again if needed. Great to deal with you.

    Tina and Jack Braden
    Williamsburg
  • Satisfied with everything.

    Bert Stambaugh
    Mancelona
  • Great job guys.

    Betty Lauer
    Paris
  • We have always had good and honest business dealing with you and your company. 

    Don Stambaugh
    Bellaire
  • Wes Fay is a good contribution to your company in my opinion. He answered all my questions plus all work was done as he explained. Very happy

    Irving Kilpatrick
    Levering
  • All communication was with Wes Fay. He was thorough, courteous, respectful, and genuine. He communicated what would happen and kept me up to date as work progressed. One parcel had been logged about 15yrs ago, what a difference this experience was!! In a good way. Thanks! I can't say enough good things about Wes-he's a gem.

    Brenda Greenhoe
    Levering
  • Would be our pleasure to recommend Silver Leaf. Terry was very professional & pleasant. 

    Jack & Tina Braden
    Williamsburg
  • No complaints!

    Victor Starr
    Beulah
  • Very nice job, will do again! 

    Ed Sing
    Manistee
  • I would gladly use you again!

    Allan Hopkins