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#3122495 - 01/13/13 07:56 PM Need a Logger
lpo1981
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Anybody know any reputable loggers in the mid tn area? I'm wanting to get started on my property.. Not a huge job, prob going to be a 6 acre cut and 2 sections about 2-3 acres in size..
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#3122907 - 01/14/13 07:47 AM Re: Need a Logger [Re: lpo1981]
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When you find one, let me know! Of all the needs for managing properties, finding a good logger has proven to be the most difficult.
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#3123169 - 01/14/13 11:13 AM Re: Need a Logger [Re: BSK]
Jarred525
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I had a good one, but he got out of it last year. A good one is so tough to find. You might call the forestry department or your local ag extension office and see if they know of anyone.
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#3123522 - 01/14/13 03:05 PM Re: Need a Logger [Re: Jarred525]
timberjack86
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As Bsk stated they are hard to find. I get a lot of phone calls from people who have talked with landowners I have worked for. It might be worth the trouble to cruise the roads in your area and see if you can find where a few logging operations have been, speak with the landowners. They will let you know in a hurry if they had a good logger or not! In this buissness a good refrence is everything!
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#3123625 - 01/14/13 04:24 PM Re: Need a Logger [Re: timberjack86]
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I agree with you completely timberjack86. Look at loggers' work, find a logged area you like, and then find out who did the logging.

Unfortunately, when I try this, too often all I see is land that has been raped, loggers that didn't follow a single BMP, trash left everywhere, etc.

I'm sure loggers get tired of hearing the horror stories, but my neighbor just had his land "thinned" (or so he thought it was to be just thinned--he told me it would be a cut down to 18" DBH). He was under the impression just the best trees would be high-graded out. A local logger designated as a "Master Logger" did the work. Honestly, the work was terrible. Not only did they leave few trees (I watched truckload after truckload of 8" diameter chipwood go out), they logged and ran skidders up and down very steep hills in winter, left massive skidder ruts, not a single water-bar in any of the hill-side skidder trails, and they never cleaned up their loading decks. The decks are so rough with ruts and piles of trashwood that I can't even get an ATV let alone a truck across them. Master Logger? Really? I would hate to try and count the BMP violations.
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#3123705 - 01/14/13 05:24 PM Re: Need a Logger [Re: BSK]
timberjack86
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BSK, The master logger program is a load of crap. Any fly by night outfit can recieve a certificate if they pay the $$$ and have the time. The major reason to recive the certifcate is to sell pulp wood. Then he finds out there is the added bonus of mentioning he is master logger certified to the landowners. My dad took the course and it didnt meet his expectations. Sadly the scene you described happens almost anywhere logging takes place. Most landowners will not do there homework when looking for a "professional" logger.
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#3123894 - 01/14/13 07:00 PM Re: Need a Logger [Re: timberjack86]
lpo1981
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See that's what I don't want to happen.. I want most everything removed except for mainly my oaks.. I want them left cause they produce acorns and there no high grade logs either.. I really just want the junk removed so I can start from scratch with my mangement and timber stand.. Just don't want my land raped or have a logger that I feel like I have to baby sit...
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#3123931 - 01/14/13 07:22 PM Re: Need a Logger [Re: lpo1981]
timberjack86
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 Originally Posted By: lpo1981
See that's what I don't want to happen.. I want most everything removed except for mainly my oaks.. I want them left cause they produce acorns and there no high grade logs either.. I really just want the junk removed so I can start from scratch with my mangement and timber stand.. Just don't want my land raped or have a logger that I feel like I have to baby sit...
Good luck! I wish I knew someone to recomend but dickson is a pretty good drive from here. The best advice I can give is listen to bsk he's been there and done that. Once again good luck!
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#3123986 - 01/14/13 07:57 PM Re: Need a Logger [Re: timberjack86]
lpo1981
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Thanks, guess I'll do some asking around tomorrow and see what I can find out.. I know a few people but not sure if they will do what I want to do.. I'm gonna call the forestry station here and see if they can recommend anybody..
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#3124055 - 01/14/13 08:45 PM Re: Need a Logger [Re: lpo1981]
AT Hiker
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Where at in Dickson County are you? We have a farm on 49w in Vanleer. There us a sawmill 1/2 mile from me (not the sawmill in Vanleer) and the owner evidently cuts whatever you tell him. His clean up work is not the best but he did cut my neighbors property and took out black gum and hickory. However, with this messy weather I would wait.
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