Matching Logging Options to Owner Needs

Marcus Bigsby receiving the WCSWA Appreciation Award

Marcus Bigsby, local logger in Washington County, gave those attending the January 23rd Washington County Small Woodlands meeting a lot to think about concerning potential logging operations on their property. The key factors Marcus wants them to consider are:

What are my objectives, and how can they be achieved in the logging operation?, and

How can what I do now help my future management?

All loggers are different, Marcus pointed out. The ability of a logger to meet the landowner’s needs varies both by their logging capabilities, such as the type of harvesting and log transport equipment, and by their interest and temperament in dealing with small logging jobs. Some have equipment only suitable for large operations, and find it difficult to do small jobs efficiently or effectively. Some loggers like working with small woodland owners; some don’t. Marcus suggests that you look for a logger who has worked on the kind of property you have, and has good references from the owners of those properties. Aligning with the right logger considers the size of the job, the available equipment and resources, how the logger’s schedule matches your timeline, and the skill and experience of the logger on the type of project you have. Bottom line: check logger references and do your homework!

Read the rest of this article in our February 2018 Forest Forum


Master Woodland Managers Program:

Washington County has many small woodland owners who have qualified to become Master Woodland Managers under the OSU Extension MWM program. These MWM’s have received training in woodland management science and technology, and are available to serve as volunteer mentor/advisors to other woodland owners.

To receive the services of a MWM, contact Amy Grotta at 503-397-3462

Last updated: February 11, 2018 at 21:18 pm