Increase professional know-how for enhanced environmental friendly logging operations on sensitive soils

The pilot project reported here was implemented from 2014 to 2017 in France. Its objective was to favor wood mobilization in sub-region “Franche-Comté” and evaluate the measures being implemented, namely capacity building about environmental friendly logging operations on sensitive soils. Forest owners are often reluctant to let the traditional machines (harvester, skidder and forwarder) work in their forest: they fear for the impacts of these quite heavy machines on the trees, on the soil, on the landscape… In fact, 25% of the forests stands are located on sensitive soils (hydromorphic soils, medium to poor bearing capacity especially when weather conditions frequently increase soil moisture content …). Most of the sensitive soils are in broadleaved stands located in the plains. The rate of 25% is often higher in the winter period because the weather is very rainy in this part of France and days below freezing degree become rare due to climate change. The “regional profile” Grand Est highlighted that there is a real need to find solutions to have low impacts on sensitive soil.


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Accesses: No public access


Geographic Contexts: Rural


Domain: Harvest , Functions


Coniferous Destinations: Material use (sawntimber, pulp, panel boards, posts & poles etc) , Energy use


Harwood Destinations: Material use (sawntimber, pulp, panel boards, posts & poles etc) , Energy use


Market Destinations: trend is stable demand for firewood , trend is stable demand from sawmill , trend is stable demand from pulp and panel board industry , trend is stable demand from energy plants


Forest Types: Acidophylous oak and oak-birch forest , Mesophytic deciduous forest , Beech forest , Mire and swamp forests , Plantations and self-sown exotic forest


Govern Actors: Stakeholder networks and associations , National government , Regional government


Financial Supports: tax benefits


Manager Types: managed by professional forest manager (service provider)


Owner Types: private , public , communal , mixed of the above


Scale Operations: small scale (10-50 ha) , very small scale (<10 ha)


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