Logging damage in several tolerant hardwood stands in Ontario
University of New Brunswick
Tolerant hardwood stands of Southern Ontario are damaged as a result of partial cutting. The quality of the residual stands is affected by this damage and volume is lost due to the resulting cull. A study was carried out in tolerant hardwood stands in four districts of Southern Ontario. Forty-five 1/10th-acre permanent sample plots were set-up in 10-20 year old cuts and logging damage was studied in these plots. An average of 32 ft.squared of basal area was taken out in the harvest and an average of 20% of the residual stand was damaged. The quantity of trunk decay following felling and skidding damage was equivalent to at least ten years of growth in all of the areas. This damage was serious enough that care must be taken to minimize logging damage in the future.