By placing brush mats on strip roads at the harvesting site, logs can be harvested and extracted efficiently without causing any damage to soil or water. This also improves the work environment for the machine operators.
The SED method focuses on five areas to avoid wheel rutting:
Wheel rutting usually occurs close to the landing, where most of the logs are stacked. Landings should therefore be planned carefully, to ensure they have high bearing capacity.
- Haul road
The haulroad connects the landing with the entrance to the site’s main hoal road. The closest road with bearing capacity is always chosen as the hoal road.
- Main hoal road
Most of the logs will be transported along the main hoal road. It proceeds from a landing or a hoal road and is always covered with brush mats.
- Problem management
Dealing with problems, having clear information and good communication between all involved parties are important for both planning and felling on the site.
- GPS log coordinates
The harvester operator uses the machine’s GPS logging to mark the type of strip road that will be made. The different colors of the GPS coordinates indicate what type of road it is, and show the forwarder operator where to drive.