How do we get the logs from the
log decks on the landing to the logdecks at the mill?
Once we have transported the log
from the stump to the landing, the next step is to
get the logs from the landing to the mill. To do that,
several people are involved, including the loader
operator that lifts the logs from the landing to the
log truck trailer.
The truck driver then
hauls the logs to the mill, and to do so we need well-made,
well-maintained logging roads. Planning a logging road
is no easy part of a forester's job. A road must be
good enough for heavy machinery to pass over and for
trucks weighted down with logs.
Roads also need to
be built with maintaining the health of the forest in
mind. An unmaintained or poorly constructed road can
lead to many problems, not the least of which are landslides.
We also must repair and maintain a good road system,
so for a forest landowner or a land manager, building
a road right the first time pays for itself in the long
With a well-designed
road in place, it is now the job of the loader
operator and the log
truck driver to transport the logs to the mill.