Information Brief for Forest Owners: Reduced-Impact Logging for Improved Forest Management
This form of timber harvesting reduces the harmful impacts of logging on forest soils, hydrology, forest growth, and biodiversity. It can also substantially reduce the emission of CO2 from selective logging operations.
RIL activities include guidelines for improved forest management planning, road construction, tree felling, bucking, and log yarding.
The brief notes that the practice improves forest management by providing good information about tree volumes and locations, ensuring that roads and skid trails are efficiently located, reducing forest waste, and enhancing post-logging regeneration and growth. It also enhances worker safety.
It increases harvesting efficiency and provides substantial long-term economic benefits as a result of better planning, worker training in felling and bucking techniques, and from the careful design and use of logging roads and skid trails.
Implementation of RIL is a fundamental component of sustainable forest management and a critical step towards forest certification.
The brief includes a diagram with photos contrasting poor and sound logging practices.