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Random forestry site prep pics.

Discussion in 'Showtime!' started by James K, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. James K

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    I love the photos. Keep them coming.

    What can you tell us of the process. That style of blade was tried in the Pacific Northwest years ago and didn't catch on. It looks like it works pretty well in your area.
     
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    I have a post in Forestry Operations titles dozer site prep that goes into more detail. We currently have a crew of 3 D6T LGP dozers, 2 have the Savannah v blades with the teeth pictured above and the third has a slightly narrower blade with teeth but not as aggressive as the shear blades, it’s designed just to row trash out the way of the plow because this blade is on the tractor that pulls the bedding plow. We start by shearing all the stumps off flush with the ground, some stumps are difficult and can’t be cut down that low without rutting the ground but usually they cut off clean. As a general rule if the undercarriage of the tractor will clear the stump then it’s low enough to plow. After everything is sheared I come back with th bedding plow and plow everything up to be replanted. I plow on a 13 foot center, measured from center of bed to center of bed. The reason we plow is to create a raised bed for the saplings to grow, getting them up out of the laying water and trash that’s laying on the ground. Shearing goes at a rate of about .75-1 acre/hr and plowing goes at about 3-4 acres/he depending on how clean the land is.
     
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    That's pretty cool stuff. What kind of trees get put back into the land? Do you plant them with labor or using some kind of mechanical planting machine?
     
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    It’s all replanted with pine and they still plant them by hand around here.