Forest Operations Textbook
Welcome to the Forest Operations Textbook Website – a site developed to provide an introduction to, and an overview of, the most common types of timber harvesting operations. This website is intended as a complement to the textbook which is currently being written. The textbook will follow a chapter format with the same headings found in the sidebar menu.
This site is similar to the website found at the Virginia Tech website. As new information is compiled, it will be added to this site.
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.