Winter is a hot time for forestry. While a flurry of activity occurs in our woodlands during this time of year (pun intended), timber harvest and storm damage are often at the top of a forester's mind. Winter is prime harvest season for a number of reasons, notably that frozen soil makes accessing woodlands easier and lessens soil compaction from equipment. In addition, threats from fungi and other fresh-wound-seeking pathogens are lessened during colder months, reducing potential impact on residual trees. Winter also brings strong winds, heavy snow, and ice – all which may impact standing timber. Needless to say, winter generates many forestry questions from forest landowners and stewards. The winter of 2021-2022 brings a particularly unique set of questions as we continue to rebound from the 2020 Midwest Derecho. This situation sets the stage for a 9-video YouTube series, recently created in partnership with ISU Extension and Outreach – Integrated Pest Management. The series will act as a resource for forest landowners and stewards working towards recovery and the creation of storm-resilient forests. While the winter of 2021-2022 is unique, you’ll find a common theme within the series, applicable to any year in the woods – the importance of working with a professional forester. Establishing a close working relationship with your professional forester is the number one action you can take to ensure maximum return from timber harvests and resilient forests for decades to come! Check out our forestry contacts directory to find your local professional forester. Below you’ll find brief descriptions of the individual videos that comprise the series, as well as links for viewing. So, pick a sub-zero day, click, and enjoy!
Detailed videos on specific harvest practices, roles of professionals, storm damage, and post-storm management
- Timber Harvest: Roles of Loggers, Timber Buyers, and Foresters
- Knowing the Value of your Forest: Scaling and Grading Trees and Logs
- Storm-Damaged Forests: Salvage Timber Harvest
- Is this Tree Going to Make It? 5 Types of Tree Injuries from High Winds
- Storm-Damaged Forests: Detailed Assessment and Management Guide
Quick videos that provide a general overview of post-storm assessment, management, and recovery