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Alternative Logging

The Results of LoggingHistorically, clearcutting has been the preferred method of logging in Alberta. This is the most efficient way of harvesting even-aged stands that develop after fire and it encourages natural reforestation by some tree species, such as jack pine. Selective logging can be used on some stands; however, this sometimes increases the risk of blow down. Using small-patch clearcutting with feathered edges around the cutblocks allows logged areas to better blend with their surroundings and viewscapes. Large clearcuts may still be considered as natural patterns of disturbance are included in forest management planning.

Logging equipment is continually improving. Smaller, more manoeuverable machines are being used to cut and handle the trees. Soft tires reduce soil disturbance. Horse logging will continue on a small scale where it is practical for the site and knowledgeable horse-logging operators are available.

Department of the Environment. State of the Environment Report, Terrestrial Ecosystems. Edmonton: n.p., 2001. With permission from Alberta Environment.

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