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The loggers have left and the timber
has been sent to the mills. The logging machinery has been
carried, hauled, or driven from the landing to another harvest
operation. The harvest unit is now as quiet as the forest
Now is the time for the activities that
make harvest unit suitable for reproducing a forest of the
desired tree species, called site preparation. In the forest,
all types of plants begin to grow immediately after the
logging operation. In fact, plants grow so quickly in the
forests of the Northwest that if we don't begin site preparation
and reforestation immediately after the harvest, our activities
will be more costly and the resulting reforestation effort
may be less successful. It pays to prepare and plant the
harvest unit right away!
||What does it take
to turn a slash-covered hillside...
| ...into a well-stocked
stand of regeneration?
We need to manage the environment
within the harvest area so that the young, small trees grow
up under the best possible conditions. Most often, site
preparation involves some or all of the following activities:
and other methods of debris removal to clean up broken limbs
remaining after logging, weeding with herbicides
and other methods to remove vegetation competing with the
young trees, using machines
to exposing bare soil for the seeds or the seedlings, and
controlling diseases that could negatively impact the trees
that we want to grow. Cleaning up the limbs and other debris,
called slash, left from when the logs are delimbed or vegetation
is broken during the harvest, is the first step. There are
many ways of doing this, and it often involves tough work.