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.
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.