Logging 101 with Bickerstaff Parham Land Group

Posted by Reynolds Bickerstaff on Monday, June 10th, 2019 at 5:37pm.

By Kent Morris of Bickerstaff Parham Land Group

I recently helped a client with a large timber sale in Meriwether County GA. The property is 407 acres in size. Due to low mill inventories and the wet weather it became necessary to implement this timber sale. The landowner has been thinking about this for some time and the prices offered determined it was the right time! The property was primarily made up of 38 year old planted Loblolly Pines that had been thinned twice. I love forestry and logging so I decided to capture the logging operation on film. The operation starts with a machine called a feller-buncher which is a rubber tired machine with a saw head. This machine moves through the forest cuts down the trees and stacks them neatly into bunches for the skidder. Remember at one time, this operation was performed with a chain saw!! The equipment today is highly productive and offers many creature comforts most importantly air-conditioning! Many of the machines are electronically connected to a computer at the office, so the owner can monitor equipment movement, fuel consumption and engine hours.  READ MORE

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