Reed Forestry
Chipping

 

At Reed Forestry Ltd our partnership with ReEnergy, the largest private producer of wood-residue energy in North America, has allowed us to chip otherwise wasted product, providing landowners with the following options:

    - creates the capacity to more efficiently harvest and process small trees. Typically, smaller trees in a forest are suppressed, poor quality and have little growth potential.

    - creates the capacity to generate net revenue from trees that would be wasted by traditional logging operations. Traditional harvesting operations cannot afford to treat these degraded stands because it is too expensive to cut and process the small trees.

    - creates the capacity to generate net revenue from harvesting degraded stands. This reduces the need to harvest quality immature stands to generate short-term revenue.

    - creates the capacity for generating net revenue by removing unacceptable growing stock. Removing the unacceptable trees creates the growing space to establish desirable new growing stock (regeneration).

    - creates the capacity to generate net revenue from brush that is a by-product of harvesting wood. A significant portion of the biomass in a forest is “brush” (i.e. branches) that is not typically utilized by traditional logging operations.


 

The following pictures will demonstrate these points.

The photograph below is typical of traditional harvesting methods. The higher quality product was removed and poorer quality wood was left standing for aesthetic value. (mouse over to enlarge)

Skid Trail

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While this appears attractive from a landowner point-of-view, what is actually happening is a degradation of the stand. These remaining trees are of unacceptable growing stock and will not yield attractive revenue for the landowner in years to come.

This photograph shows what landowners were left with once a job was traditionally finished. The brush was either distributed evenly throughout the cutover areas or else left roadside

Brush evenly distributed

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Chip harvesting leaves the landowner with a clean cutover area, and best of all, they were paid for the limbs and tops which would otherwise be scattered over the forest floor

The landowner still receives top dollar for the higher quality product,

Higher priced products have been sorted out.

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but also has the benefit of getting paid to have their land cleaned of degraded stands


Cleaning up


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Here is what to expect when your ground is chip harvested:





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