Providing Forestry Consulting Services - Managing use, not the forest.
Carl has operated Russell Forestry Services since 1986, specializing in ecological forestry and low-impact timber harvest with draft animals.
Timber production, wildlife habitat, wetlands and ground water protection, recreation, aesthetics, and ecological integrity are all objectives that can be important considerations of landowners and managers. Trees not only provide the salable products that help to afford these uses, they are the major components of the forest and they define the value of the many uses of forestland.
When done correctly, timber harvest is an investment, with the cost of the operation being offset by the value of the cut timber. Using this perspective landowner objectives and ecological principles can rise in priority over purely economic decisions associated with financially motivated timber sales.
By investing in timber stand improvement and access infrastructure, landowners can reduce long-term harvesting costs while increasing future returns, which in turn augment investment in ecological and non-commercial management principles. Forestry from this perspective becomes a method of managing our interaction with a forest ecosystem that is allowed to express itself naturally, instead of a way to manipulate the components.
With higher quality growing stock and improved access, frequent light harvests can be more cost effective. This will facilitate small-scale harvesting operations, and low production systems like horse-logging.
If we see forestry as an opportunity to develop an accessible multiple-use working landscape with a commitment to sustainable management strategies, then draft animals can play a vital role.
Here are a few videos relating to the logging and forestry services that we provide.....
This clip shows some of the impacts related to logging with horses, how we approach our work in the forest, and some options of equipment we use to accomplish our desired results.
This clip shows some production work in red spruce cutting, skidding, loading, and yarding red spruce sawlogs with horses and bobsled during August 2011.
This clip is a movie version of a Powerpoint presentation highlighting forestry and harvesting options that can make draft animal powered timber harvesting more practical. It shows discussion of how the "forestry product" (residual stand) can be more valuable when using a progressive approach to forestry, based on a cooperative timber harvest in Lilliesville, VT during summers of 2011 and 2012.
This clip pure and simply shows why I log with horses.....