Main Skid Road
Main Skid Road

Freshly cut skid road with reduced grade down a steep bank.

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Invasive Vegetation Control
Invasive Vegetation Control

Herbacides used to eliminate Beech that was overtaking the stand.

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Timber Stand Improvement
Timber Stand Improvement

Thinned out White Pine stand.

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Timber Stand Improvement
Timber Stand Improvement

Straighter White Pines spaced out and left to grow.

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Skidder Bridge
Skidder Bridge

Built from logs on-site.

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Marking Timber
Marking Timber

Timber is marked so Loggers can identify which trees have been selected for harvest

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Log Skidder -- Jewett, NY
Log Skidder -- Jewett, NY

Skidders are used to pull trees from the forest after they have been cut down

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Navigation
Navigation

Using a compass and a wide variety of maps makes it possible to identify property lines and boundaries.

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Measuring
Measuring

In addition to being marked each tree is measured to estimate the volume of board footage

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Marking
Marking

Two horizontal stripes indicate a boundary or edge of a cutting area

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Flagging Boundary
Flagging Boundary

Woodland boundaries will be flagged or painted

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locating boundary
locating boundary
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Looking up
Looking up

If a tree is selected there are many factors to be considered when determining volume. Height, diameter and crown canopy are among these factors

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Tallying
Tallying

Each tree is logged on a tally sheet to ensure an accurate count of timber selected for harvest

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Marking Timber
Marking Timber
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Timber Cruising
Timber Cruising

Prism Point samples are taken to determine forest density

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Diameter Tape
Diameter Tape

When a tree is of exceptional size a diameter tape is used to ensure accuracy

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Flagging Boundary
Flagging Boundary
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Repurposed flatbed trailer bridge
Repurposed flatbed trailer bridge

Making a bridge out of a repurposed flat bed trailer is an effective way to cross a stream or creek with very little impact on the ecosystem

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Marking Timber
Marking Timber
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Landing Site -- Hunter, NY
Landing Site -- Hunter, NY
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Large Red Oak Tree
Large Red Oak Tree
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Examining Quality
Examining Quality
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Measuring the tree
Measuring the tree

Using a scale stick is an efficient and accurate way of measuring the height and diameter of a tree

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Three wheel mechanical harvester
Three wheel mechanical harvester
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Timber Cruising
Timber Cruising

Prism Point samples are taken to determine forest density

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Marking
Marking
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Logs being skidded to landing
Logs being skidded to landing
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Diameter Tape
Diameter Tape

When a tree is of exceptional size a diameter tape is used to ensure accuracy

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Feller Buncher
Feller Buncher

This machine enables a logger to harvest timber safely and efficiently

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Checking the Tree
Checking the Tree

The quality of lumber in a tree can sometimes be determined by visible signs at the base of a tree

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Flagging Boundary
Flagging Boundary
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Refilling the paint gun
Refilling the paint gun

The paint is applied to the trees using a heavy duty spray gun. It is not uncommon for an individual to use a gallon of paint in a single day of marking timber.

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Timber Cruising
Timber Cruising

Using Prism Point Sampling

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Selectively marked woodland
Selectively marked woodland
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Timber Cruising
Timber Cruising

A Prism Point sampling plot taken in a previously thinned forest stand

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Timber Cruising
Timber Cruising

Samples of the forest must be spaced out randomly throughout a woodland to ensure an accurate and unbiased measurement of the forest

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Corduroy log stream crossing
Corduroy log stream crossing

Many logs will be laid parallel to each other to bridge a small stream or solidify the ground where a skidder would otherwise rut out the road

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Selectively marked woodland
Selectively marked woodland
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