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

  • 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
  • I would use Silver Leaf and crew again!

    Earl Dykman
    Vanderbilt
  • Silver Leaf treated me with respect and courtesy. No question was too trivial. They kept in constant touch with me. They even took photographs of the timber harvest. I can't recommend these two men and Silver Leaf enough. They also treated my land with dignity and respect. When the time is right, I will definitely do business with them again!

    Isabelle Sobjack
    Citrus Heights, CA
  • Extra care was given to all personal requests that I had. Thanks so much!

    Ruth Klaty
    Williamsburg, MI
  • It was an exceptional job! Very little damage to smaller trees, and excellent condition of trails and roads. Hopefully, I will hear from Silver Leaf in  8 - 10 years for another harvest.

    Tim Chapman
  • All went well. I understand from family in the area that you did a great job.

    Nancy Eddy
    Sun City West, AZ
  • I don't have a lot of experience with logging, but I was more than satisfied with Terry and Silver Leaf.

    John Vincent