Demonstrations and Projects: Salvage Harvest

Salvage harvestWhile surveying the timber downed in the January ice storm, we found about 12 acres of downed timber on the North-facing slope of the “Little Grand Canyon” (the draw that divides the Cameron Forest in two). It looks as if the soils on the slope just couldn’t hold the trees upright once they were coated with ice and snow. On much of this 12 acres, all of the trees were downed; elsewhere at least 50% were down.

We designed the harvest to salvage some of the commercially-valuable timber in this area, while retaining legacy, wildlife, and other special value trees. In order to minimize disturbance of the fragile soils on the slope, we’ll be utilizing a portable high lead system. Yarding should be completed by the beginning of September.

About 25 folks turned out for the salvage harvest demonstration field day in August. Most of the unit had been harvested, but the yarder was down for repairs. We discussed harvest design, owl nest protection considerations, timber markets, and roading. Debbie Johnson and Rich Simons from the College Forests staff, Rick Fletcher from OSU Forestry Extension, and John Bliss from OSU Forest Resources made brief presentations. The most popular presentation was the watermelon provided by OSWA!