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Trees For Today, Forest For Tomorrow

Weaber Lumber has been managing forests for private woodland owners and providing quality timber harvests for more than 70 years. As a certified participant of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), we ensure that the forests are managed to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the future.

Renewable Resource

Many landowners are surprised to learn that almost every forest in the surrounding area has been harvested in the past. Most properties have been timbered several times, yet still maintain their forested condition. Trees are a renewable resource and reforestation takes place naturally.

Forest Regeneration

Active harvesting helps to contribute to the natural regeneration of the Hardwood forests in the Appalachian region. As older trees are removed, the openings created in the forest cause soil disturbance and increased sunlight. This naturally assists in seed germination and stimulates the growth of seedlings. Younger trees also gain an increase in nutrients so the young, healthy trees can thrive.

Timber Harvesting

During a harvest, most timber tracts are posted with a "Quality Harvest" sign. These signs guide log trucks to the site and provides a contact number for anyone having questions concerning the harvest.

The trees selected for removal are marked with paint on the trunk at eye level and on the stump near the ground. The information tallied from each chosen tree is used to calculate its value. Marked trees are directionally felled using chain saws and wedges and the stumps are cut low to the ground. Tree tops are left in the woods and are lopped (cut down).

Lopping enhances the aesthetic value of the area and provides cover for wildlife and new tree seedlings. Each tree is then skidded from the woods to a log loading area. Here they are cut and loaded into either a trailer or a triaxle truck.

At some locations temporary bridges will be used to cross small drainage or wet areas. Other tracts require more extensive site work including excavation of new haul roads, loading areas and stream crossings. Permanent culvert pipes, temporary pipes or removable bridges may also be used to cross streams or wet areas.

Water bars on logging roads help slow or divert water to minimize soil erosion and sedimentation. During the harvest, the bare soil is exposed on skid roads. So after the harvest is completed, the skid roads are back bladed to remove tire tracks and skid marks. They are then seeded with grass seed and water barred to prevent erosion.

Quality Harvest

Quality Harvest Sign

Felling

Felling

Permanent Culvert Pipe

Permanent Culvert Pipe

Lopping

Lopping

Skidding

Skidding

Forest Regeneration

Forest Regeneration

Locally Harvested

Our forestry staff works with private landowners within a 130 mile radius of our plant in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. Upon request, one of our foresters can meet with you to discuss harvesting options and management objectives.

If you own a tract of woodland and would like to meet with one of our foresters, please contact Sandy Schera by phone at 800-745-9663. We would be happy to arrange an appointment that would be convenient for you.

Forestry Facts

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Approximately 90,000 Pennsylvanians make a livelihood on the industry. Over 10% of the state's manufacturing workforce is involved in the forest products industry.

Approximately 90,000 Pennsylvanians make a livelihood on the industry. Over 10% of the state's manufacturing workforce is involved in the forest products industry.*

*Approximately 90,000 Pennsylvanians make a livelihood on the industry. Over 10% of the state's manufacturing workforce is involved in the forest products industry.

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