Cleaning debris from the logging site
This web article explains
that loggers, foresters, and landowners should remove debris from
a recent timber harvest to maintain environmental quality and
Remove or scatter
debris from worksite and landing
harvesting produces a large amount of woodchips, stumps, unusable
logs, and branches. This material is often called "slash."
Scatter or remove debris of this type, rather than leaving it
mounded. It will look unkempt for a few weeks, but surrounding
grass and other vegetation will obscure it from view. Natural
debris will break down quickly, returning nutrients to the soil
and restoring an ecological balance to the site.
Avoid the temptation
to mound woody material and burn it. Because it has been freshly
cut, it will not burn well, leaving a smoky, smoldering pile.
Smoke from these fires is suspected as a trigger of asthma and
other breathing complications. If the pile is dry, a fire can
burn out of control, jeopardizing the entire woodlot. Better to
scatter slash and let nature take its course.
Some woody material
can be sold as firewood or fuel for outdoor wood boilers. Check
with neighbors to see if there is interest.
Unnatural debris like
trash, tires, beverage containers, paper waste, and metal should
be collected and removed from the site. Any trash left on site
will likely attract trash from other sources. It would be unfortunate
for the current or future landowners to see junk piles where responsible
logging should have taken place.