"SLASHBUSTER"® as Reforestation Equipment
Before reforestation efforts can proceed the residual logging slash must be cleared. This aerial photograph shows the differences between "SLASHBUSTER"® treatment and conventional dozer piling. Note how dozer piling obliterates the soil and exposes the light-colored mineral layer. In contrast, "SLASHBUSTER"® equipment conserves the organically rich soil necessary for good seedling survival. Also notice how evenly the planting sites are distributed on the "SLASHBUSTER"® side compared to the other side where large islands of logging slash block access to the ground.
planting sites shows how the evenly distributed coarse woody debris acts as a physical barrier from the elements and grazing (deer and cattle
don't like to step through the
large debris). The organic layer
is disturbed, but not obliterated,
and just a couple feet away
from the seedling it remains
untouched. A reforestation project can establish itself much easier in this environment than in the exposed mineral soil dozer piling leaves behind.
"...a cost effective
alternative to broadcast
burning or brush piling
without any of the negative
smoke management or long
term site productivity concerns"
River Ranger District, Mt.
- Cuts through
logging slash that planters
cannot take the time to do and
that would otherwise be unproductive.
- Spaces the
planting sites evenly, which planters
cannot do in deep slash.
- Warms the
soil by reducing the insulating
effect of the slash.
- Does not
compact the soil, which can have the long term effect of reduced
- Returns nutrients
to the ground slowly, rather than
burning them off.
long-term mychorrizal activity
by retaining coarse woody debris.
(Jergensen, Harvey, Graham, et
water retention and microclimate
burn planning, monitoring and
the possibility of fire escape.
- Is plantable
immediately, rather than sometimes
waiting years for a burn window.
- Is favored
by a public concerned with health
effects and impaired visibility
that seasonal burn windows bring.
- Reduces planting
costs by 50% or more
up slash corridors after cut-to-length
of areas invaded by exotic plant