Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Selective Logging in the Farm

The farm experienced big number of mature trees cut and harvested last January 31-February 02, 2014. The buyer cut only trees where they can get at least 5x5 (length x width) inches of square logs. The big trees near my treehouse.

Another view of the trees felled and harvested.

A big mahogany tree that could be at least 50 years old was also harvested. The big slabs here can be used for furniture.

Notice the big branches and trunk of that tree. Nong Endring's hand and fingers were no match in size.

Small and thin trees below will soon get more sunlight, more minerals from the soil as the big ones tend to deprive them of more sunlight, more soil minerals.

Selective logging -- removing only the mature, overly mature, sickly trees -- leave the smaller trees to grow bigger later.

One problem here is the inevitable destruction of some smaller trees, below.

A view from one side of my treehouse. Before (December 01, 2013)...

And after (February 02, 2014) ...

The ratio of cut vs retained trees could be something like 1:30, though the retained trees are mostly small and young.

Before (January 01, 2014)....

After (February 02, 2014)...

Total lumber removed was 4,900 board feet, lower than the initial estimates of more than 10,000 bd feet as made by the buyer's agents. Below, mostly 6x6 (inches) x 6 to 8 feet long.

The official certificate from the DENR, basis for allowing cutting in private plantations.

See also:
Around My Treehouse, May 02, 2013
Trees in the farm, Part 4, August 21, 2013
Trees for Harvesting, December 05, 2013 

Tree Harvesting to Start Today, January29, 2014

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