Slash (logging)

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Slash, or slashings, is a forestry term that refers to coarse and fine woody debris generated during logging operations or through wind, snow or other natural forest disturbances.[1] Slash generated during logging operations may increase fire hazard and some North American states have passed laws requiring that logging slash be treated.[2] Logging slash can be chipped and used for the production of electricity or heat in cogeneration power plants.[3]

In parts of the world where logging takes place on soft ground the branches and tops of trees can be used as part of the timber harvesting process to provide a track for forest machines to travel upon.[4] Utilizing slash in this manner mitigates ground damage.

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  1. ^ "Slash". The Dictionary of Forestry. Society of American Foresters. 
  2. ^ South Dakota Code
  3. ^ California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection
  4. ^ Managing Brash on Conifer Clearfell Sites, Forestry Commission

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