Conventional logging practices make no provision for existing second growth. The picture above is our logging from five years ago, and the picture below is of the adjacent area also logged five years ago by a modern operation.
while it has been replanted (to pine) it is at the expense of all other species
This area has been logged on both sides of the road, leaving the second growth that has escaped the pine beetle. The rational of the industry is that they would all die so cut them all, but that is obviously not true. These second growth pines stood through the major infestation that took all the larger trees.
The logs pile up in the landings and are hauled to the mill.
We have decided to buy a new mill to better utilize our materials. We have ordered a double cut swing saw from D&L. A bandsaw mill is fairly limited in what it does and is quite expensive to operate both in time and materials. With the swing cut the maintenance is much less and although the kerf is larger, the shavings it produces are a saleable product. . We ordered it last Sunday and it should be ready in about 5 weeks. exciting stuff . . .Here's a link to a similar mill operated by the builder of our new mill.