9: Harvesting Timber – Links & Resources

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  • Designated Skid Trails Minimize Soil Compaction (Extension Circular 1110)
    Garland, J. J. 1997. Corvallis: Oregon State University Extension Service.

    Description: This 6-page publication presents planning tips which are designed to minimize potential impacts to soil when felled timber is moved from the stump to a centralized processing in-woods landing.

  • Felling and Bucking Techniques for Woodland Owners (Extension Circular 1124)
    Garland, J. and D. Jackson. 1997. Corvallis: Oregon State University Extension Service.

    Description: This 16-page publication is intended to provide inexperienced chainsaw operators with basic principles and procedures to improve their skills in manual timber felling and bucking.

  • Wisconsin’s Forestland Woody Biomass Harvesting Guidelines. PUB-FR-435-2009
    Herrick, S.K., J.A. Kovach, E.A. Padley, C.R. Wagner, and D.E. Zastrow. 2009.
    WI DNR Division of Forestry and Wisconsin Council on Forestry; Madison, WI. 51 pp.

    Description: This 56-page document presents voluntary guidelines which were developed to facilitate operational analysis and informed decision-making regarding the harvest of woody biomass from forestland in Wisconsin.

  • Sustainable Soil and Water Quality Practices on Forest Land
    Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. 2009. East Lansing, MI: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

    Description: This 82-page publication describes the specifications and techniques to properly apply Michigan’s voluntary “Best Management Practices” (BMPs).

  • Michigan Woody Biomass Harvesting Guidance
    Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment. 2010. Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Forest Management Division; East Lansing, MI. 18 p.

    Description: This 18-page publication provides a broad context for harvesting woody biomass from forest land in Michigan within a sustainable forest management framework, as well as specific voluntary technical recommendations for that removal.

  • Sustaining Minnesota Forest Resources: Voluntary Site-level Forest Management Guidelines for Landowners, Loggers, and Resource Managers
    Minnesota Forest Resources Council. 2005. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Forest Resources Council.

    Description: This 615-page document provides a set of integrated, voluntary guidelines that address projected impacts to forest resources in Minnesota when conducting forest management activities such as creating forest roads, harvesting timber, and mechanical site preparation.

  • Timber Harvesting and Logging Practices for Private Woodlands (FNR-101)
    P. E. Pope, B. C. Fischer, and D. L. Cassens. 1980. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University, Cooperative Extension Service.

    Description: This 7-page publication discusses woodland ownership objectives, the steps involved in timber removal, alternatives for harvesting residue, and timber harvesting considerations.

  • Logging for the 21st Century: Protecting the Forest Environment. (WW-06518)Smidt, M. F., and C. R. Blinn. 1995. St. Paul: University of Minnesota Extension

    Description: This 13-page publication briefly describes briefly describe these impacts to soil, wildlife habitat, biodiversity, and aesthetics which may occur as a result of harvesting timber as well as some techniques that can help minimize those impacts.

  • Logging for the 21st Century: Forest Ecology and Regeneration (WW-06517)Smidt, M. F., and C. R. Blinn. 1995. St. Paul: University of Minnesota Extension.

    Description: This 13-page publication presents information about forest productivity and forest regeneration. Alternative logging methods are suggested to maintain forest productivity and to promote forest regeneration.

  • A Landowner’s Guide to Building Forest Access Roads (NA-TP-06-98)
    Wiest, R. L. 1998. Radnor, PA: USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry.

    Description: This 45-page publication presents recommendations for planning, construction, drainage, maintenance, and closure of forest roads. The recommendations incorporate best management practices, which are designed to reduce nonpoint-source pollution.

  • Wisconsin’s Forestry Best Management Practices for Invasive Species: A Field Manual for Foresters, Landowners, and Loggers
    Wisconsin Council on Forestry. 2009. Wisconsin Council on Forestry; Madison, WI. 56 p.

    Description: This 56-page publication identifies voluntary practices which can integrated into routine forestry activities to limit the impact of invasive species in Wisconsin’s forests.

  • Wisconsin Forest Management Guidelines (Pub-FR-226)
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 2003. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.

    Description: This 306-page publication presents voluntary site-specific considerations that to take into account when planning and carrying out forestry operations in Wisconsin.

  • Maintaining Soil Quality in Woodlands: A Lake States Field Guide (Pub-FR-409)
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 2008. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.

    Description: This 12-page publication presents information about how to identify areas with sensitive soils and approaches for maintaining soil quality during forestry operations.

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