Chunks of the land were still under water when KSC began harvesting trees on the property in August, and three sizeable beaver dams were identified on the southwest end of the parcel that prevented the proper movement of water and also flooded valuable timberland.
KSC’s 2012 Elephant forwarder and 2016 Bear harvester made light work of the wet conditions and efficiently moved 6,000 tons of hardwood species in two months.
“When we first got here it was really, really wet. You’d be standing in water right here at this landing a couple months ago,” Kevin Tyler, 46, harvester operator, says. “We worked the dry areas first and now we’re on the backside of the property, about two miles in, working our way back to the road. We should be done by the end of this week.”
Consulting forester, Brett Ezelle, Carlson Land Services, Inc., admits he questioned the cut-to-length system’s capabilities on this tract in the beginning, but is now a staunch supporter of Ponsse machines after observing them in bottomland operations. “I was doubting the machines in big timber like this; I’ve seen them cut pine but I’m a firm believer now. This was my first experience with Ponsse and I’m convinced this is the way to cut hardwood. There’s less damage to the ground, they do an excellent job processing logs and there’s very little waste,” Ezelle said.