Slash (logging)

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In forestry, slash, or slashings are 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 the treatment of logging slash.[2] Logging slash can be chipped and used (for example) in the production of electricity or heat in cogeneration power-plants.[3]

Where logging takes place on soft ground, loggers can use the branches and tops of trees as part of the timber-harvesting process to provide a track for forest machines.[4] Using slash in this manner reduces 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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