Forest Roads are essential for the proper management of any forest. They improve access, facilitate management and ensure the full realization of any harvest value. The Forest Service Forest Roads Scheme allows grant aid to construct harvesting roads. Improved access will greatly improve the value of your forest asset.
So forest roads connect the most remote parts of the forest to existing public roads. As a result they provide access to forest lands for timber management, fish and wildlife habitat improvement, fire control, hunting and also a variety of recreational activities.
The need for Forest Roads
A well-planned access system is a sound method of reducing erosion and sedimentation in areas requiring frequent or temporary access. Proper location and construction of roads will provide for safety, longer operating periods, lower maintenance and operating costs, and minimal impacts to forest resources. Servicing as many acres of forest with as few roads as possible is a sound method of reducing impacts to forest resources from road construction.
Effective road construction techniques minimise the disturbance to the natural flow of water over the landscape and ensure the structural integrity of the road embankment. The goal is to provide a simple road structure of adequate strength to support heavy vehicle traffic and provide drainage structures to pass water at its normal level through the road corridor.
Clearing widths will vary depending on the needs of both the owner and the user of the road. Consideration should be given to the necessity for roadway drying, as well as to the safety, cost and aesthetics of narrow rights-of-way.
Ecoplan Forestry specialise in the management and construction of harvest roads, particularly in sensitive areas. We give expert advice on their type, length and position, and also on how best to secure grant-aid.