CLEMSON, S.C. — Soil is highly sensitive to improper logging activities that can cause long-lasting soil compaction and reduce forest productivity, seedling growth, and survival. All logging operations can cause soil compaction; however, the extent and severity of compaction depend on various factors such as soil type, harvesting equipment, number of machine cycles, time of the year, and slope.
Soil compaction during logging operations can be minimized by limiting heavy machinery in the steep slopes, avoiding logging in wet areas, and applying slash and brush mats on the skid trails. Forest landowners, managers, and loggers can use the information in this article to profit from logging and protect and minimize negative impacts on the harvested site.
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–Clemson Extension Land Grant Press