Winter is the ideal time for logging, as the colder climate allows logs to move more easily to the banks of the river with ice roads. This is much easier than dragging them through dirt, mud and weeds. Additionally, winter provides a workforce of lumberjacks who often cultivate in spring and summer. Logging when soil is covered with snow or frozen can reduce or eliminate the negative impacts that can occur from soil compaction and furrow formation, as well as reducing damage to trees and presenting fewer opportunities to spread disease.
Tree pruning is an outdoor task that can be done in winter, and there are some good reasons why winter is a great time for this. Pruning fruit trees during winter can maximize fruit production, while spruce and pine should be cut down in late autumn or winter so that most of the water dries out during frost. Early logging in Wisconsin was done in winter so that logs could move more easily and float downstream during the spring thaw. A tree's sap and moisture tend to descend into its root system during the winter, greatly reducing the seasoning time required if the tree is cut down during this stage.
Leaving part of the treetops in the forest gives many advantages and avoids many disadvantages caused by logging. Broadleaf trees such as birch should be felled in late summer in August, when the moisture content of the tree is about 43%. This is because leaves have stopped growing and no longer absorb nutrients from the tree. In conclusion, winter is an ideal time for logging due to its colder climate, which allows logs to move more easily to the banks of rivers with ice roads.
It also reduces or eliminates negative impacts from soil compaction and furrow formation, as well as reducing damage to trees and presenting fewer opportunities to spread disease. Tree pruning can also be done in winter, while broadleaf trees such as birch should be felled in late summer when their moisture content is about 43%.