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Loggers use a primitive kind of pull

[Kentucky] Some timber-cutters in Kentucky are reviving an environmentally friendly practice that traces to the state’s frontier days. “Horse-loggers,” as they are often called, are using draft horses and mules to snake logs from the forest. The practice can lessen the damage to many immature trees and other woodland plants that might be crushed by skid loaders and bulldozers. While animals alone could not feasibly handle the volume of timber harvested in Kentucky, foresters note that some sites are particularly well-suited for horse or mule logging. Especially in woodlands where choice logs are too scattered to make the use of heavy equipment profitable, or where other plant species need special protection.

News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes




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