Mike in Georgia (Too wet for logging?)

Ross dianaros at vianet.on.ca
Fri Jan 30 10:28:14 EST 1998

Different soils present different responses to rutting from harvesting and
This area was mostly white pine for the first cut in the mid/late 1800s.
Regrowth was mainly mixed hard woods. The second harvest was in the 1920s.
Little evidence remains of those cuts (all winter logging with horses).
Spring run off was used to try to move logs to the mill.  Cutting in 1940s
and onwards has left  a lot of traces, soil errosion in some areas,  ruts
from some skidder ops in the 60s and later. Back then the skidders were
mostly home built and called by other names. My own experience of bush
operations around here started in the early 70's. The scars from poor
skidder operations are still very evident and soil errosion is aparent in
some limited areas.

My plantation is on sandy soil, ground cover is seldom more than a couple of
inches, planting was by an early plow type device that left ruts. The ruts
will remain as are the remains of an early wagon road. All through this
township and the adjacent township are remains of early wagon roads.  Trees
have grown up through the ruts and it takse some skill to find these old

TREEFARMER at webtv.net wrote in message
<6are4e$hp4$1 at newsd-152.iap.bryant.webtv.net>...
We can still find ruts from tree planting 20 years ago in seep areas in
sod pastures. If the areas are long, get a subsoiler, rip them up, and
seed them down.

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