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Timber Harvesting and Machinery

Timber Harvesting

Timber harvesting is the mechanical operation that pays!  Thinnings and clear-cuts are essential parts of forest management at the Dixon Center.  The timber harvesting philosophy of the Dixon Center can be summed up by the phrase “Take out the bad and leave the good.” These operations provide opportunities for periodic income and a mechanical treatment to a stand increases growing space, captures mortality, and increases the amount of light reaching the forest floor.

A log truck with a load of logs ready for the mill

Harvesting and Machinery

Timber harvesting and other machinery benefit wildlife and native understory by removing overhead competition, thus allowing sunlight to reach the forest floor and stimulating preferred vegetative components. The machinery scarification of the soil also stimulates dormant seed banks of beneficial native plants.