We employ one full-time logging crew which is managed and directed by our staff of timber buyers while they are on jobs purchased by them for the sawmill. This keeps the communication “loop” short and to the point. If a question or concern ever arises regarding the logging or hauling operation going on you only have to call the timber buyer you worked with, they, in turn, will get an answer or result for you in the quickest fashion.
Our goal is to successfully harvest the designated timber to the letter of the contract and leave the smallest footprint possible. We will ensure the job is done to the highest standards with residual damage kept to a minimum and landing areas/logging trails cleaned up prior to the job being completed.
R2 – A three man crew with two men harvesting trees with chainsaws. This crew is efficient in gently rolling timber stands as well as the more aggressive or hilly jobs.
On a gently rolling or flat stand of timber, the tree is felled, then “bucked up” into log lengths at that time. After this is done the forwarder will maneuver itself to the downed timber and pick up each individual log and load it onto itself. It is then transported to the landing where it is piled up and awaits hauling to our facility.
On a more aggressive stand of timber, it may require the use of our crawler tractor or “bulldozer” which is equipped with a winch. In this case, the tree will be felled, then cut in halves so as to lessen the length of the pieces of timber being removed. This aids in keeping the felled tree from hitting the residual stand of trees that remains. The halves are then skidded to a safe place where they can be cut into log lengths, loaded onto our forwarder and hauled to the landing to be staged for hauling.
CONTRACTED LOGGING CREWS
We also work with independent contractors that we have worked with on many logging jobs and understand what we expect for our customers. They too are managed by the Silver Leaf staff of timber buyers.
All independent logging crews carry the same liability, (1 million minimum) and workmen’s compensation insurances as our company crew. We are proud to partner with crews that choose to work with us in a safe and efficient manner.