Callie On The Job: Logging - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Callie On The Job: Logging

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HARDIN COUNTY --  Farmers have been out in the fields the last few weeks harvesting their crops. But as Callie Carroll shows us, some crops have been growing a lot longer than just this summer.

During the fall harvest we think of crops like corn and soybeans. But what about a crop that's taken a little longer to grow?

Robinson All-Terrain Logging and Tree Service out of Harrisburg is extremely busy this time of year. Late summer to early fall is the peak logging season.

It's important to go in and get the timber out before the ground gets too wet. 

Owner Scott Robinson says,"Timber harvesting is just like crop harvesting. You've got to take care of your timber or it all just dies, but if you take care of it correctly you'll have jobs every 15 years, on that same job, going back to it again."

Scott Robinson has been logging for 25 years. His family has been in the business since 1938. Even though technology has come a long way over the years, don't let the heavy machinery fool you, logging can be an extremely tough and dangerous job. Especially when you are dealing with all types of terrains.

"Going up and down hills all day long with a chainsaw in your hand and packing up and down hill all day long, it's pretty rough and also rigging and hooking logs up cables is pretty rough," Robinson said.

Harvesting the timber is a fairly lengthy process.

"We go in and we'll either mark the timber or go in with the land owner and cut a certain size on the stump and up and we'll take every tree out to that size and get rid of that. That way the bad timber is out of the way and the good timber has something to come up to, get some sunlight and grow good," Robinson said.

Once a tree is selected to harvest a notch is placed in the front of the tree. This helps direct which way the tree will fall when it's cut down. This technique helps keep the job as safe as possible.

After the tree is cut, then the log is hitched to a log skidder and pulled out of the woods. This process can sometimes be a bit challenging depending on how deep in the woods you are.

After being unhooked from the skidder, a knuckle boom log loader positions the tree so the ground saw can cut it into smaller pieces. These logs are then loaded onto a truck and taken to the mill. 

This wood can be made into furniture, railroad ties, and even hard wood floors. 

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