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.
That depends on the size of the job, and the environment in which the trees are in (hills, wet areas, etc.) as well as weather conditions (snow). Typically on average, our loggers cut 20 to 30 trees per day.
No, we do not perform clear cuts on hardwood stands. There have been cases where timber prices have been high, or landowners are under financial duress that a decision 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.
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.
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.
When trees are harvested the “top” of the tree is left in the woods to break down 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.
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.