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Timber Harvesting (Logging)

Machines and Systems


Harvesting Process

Machinery and

Harvesting Systems

Harvest Planning


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Welcome to the Timber Harvesting (Logging) Machines and Systems Website – a site developed to provide an introduction to, and an overview of, the most common types of timber harvesting operations. Most of the information and photos that you will find on this website relate to timber harvesting in the Southern USA.

The process of timber harvesting is carried out in a number of steps, starting with the felling of the trees and finishing with trucking the logs to the mill. For this process, a number of different forest harvesting machines are typically combined to form a harvesting system. With careful harvest planning, it is possible to select the best harvest system that will be cost effective and safe for any given site.


Website developed by: Dr. Rien Visser
Website design and maintained by: Tracey S. Sherman
Last update: 9/2007

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