When forestry is second nature

From the Amazonas in South America to the Arabian montane woodlands, forests and humans have influenced each other for centuries. Your understanding of the ecosystem, your kinship with the terrain, is what makes you a successful forester. We have gathered all of our experience and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your partnership with nature.
  • Clearing in the forest after a storm
  • After the storm
  • Forest projects

    After the storm

    Families trapped in their homes. Trees coming straight at you while working. As a firefighter in frequently storm-hit Mississippi, Woodman Speights has plenty of experience of working with chainsaws in tough conditions. Like the dangerous task of storm cleanup – something that should only be done by trained professionals. “I’ve seen some serious damage,” he says.
    • Time: Depends on amount of damage
    • Effort: High
    • Level: Professional
  • Usage

    Limbing thick branches

    A different work technique is used for limbing thick branches than that used for thin branches. This applies to leaf trees and other trees with thick, extensive branches. The working technique often matches the technique used for crosscutting. In order to avoid splitting and the guide bar pinching, it is important that you use the correct technique and sequence.

  • Usage


    Consider the crosscutting carefully, especially for larger logs. An incorrect work technique can be dangerous and cause the trunk to split or the guide bar to become pinched. First assess the tension in the trunk. Make it a habit to look at how the trunk reacts to being cut. You may have misjudged the tension.

  • Usage

    Crosscutting - Compressive stress from the bottom

    Crosscutting trees which have compressive stress from the bottom should be done by following this technique.

  • Usage

    Crosscutting - Compressive stress from the top

    Crosscutting trees which have compressive stress from the top should be done by following this technique.

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    Limbing calmly and methodically

    Stand on the left side of the trunk and begin limbing on the right side of the trunk. Work calmly and methodically, branch by branch.

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    Limbing the downward face

    Follow this working technique when limbing the underside of the tree trunck.

  • Tools required to fell a tree
    Tools to use

    Tools for felling a tree

    The size of the tree determines which felling tools you need to use.

  • Safety

    Chainsaw safety features

    A modern chainsaw must be fitted with the following safety features:

  • Safety

    The Escape Path When Felling a Tree

    The escape path is your lifeline. When the tree starts to fall, you need to quickly move to safety.