While forestry mowing will remove the majority of unwanted trees, brush, and stumps, large debris, such as logs, root balls, and rocks may need to be grappled and moved. Depending on size, species, and possible marketability, logs can be used to create habitat or moved to accessible staging areas to be sold, cut into firewood, or burned. Rocks and root balls can be consolidated to create habitat and eliminate them as a hazard for future management. If invasive species elimination is the reason for forestry mowing, removing the obstacles in the area allows for easier, more efficient, and safer chemical application during post-mowing management.
Brush and debris being consolidated. Logs can be grappled to a central location for firewood or to sell.
For property that has suffered storm damage or oak wilt, Wick Habitat Services can help bring the woodlots back to a safe and productive level. While dead snags can be a benefit and should be kept for habitat, large, dead pockets of standing timber can be a hazard. Combining grapple work with forestry mowing, the damaged or dead trees can be removed from the site. Tree tops can be mulched in place and logs consolidated in stacks. Trees that are hung up and dangerous to cut by hand can be carefully removed. The site can be returned to an aesthetically pleasing and productive forest once again.
Wind thrown tree hung up in adjacent trees. Same view with tree removed and debris piled.