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We practice sustainable forest operations

It all starts with a plan

With the management rights of concessions in the Central and West Suriname region, it is necessary to do forward planning for cost-efficient and environmental friendly harvesting. In Suriname we have tropical species in a heterogeneous and uneven-aged forest, which makes planning only more important.

The planning starts with the inventory where data is collected of the trees after which a selection is made for felling. During this activity the terrain characteristics are also recorded, which helps in the planning of skid trails.

After felling, the logs are transported from the forest landing directly to the location for the log export or to the sawmill for further processing.

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More about pre harvest

The pre harvest activities are done by our forestry contractors. It starts with the inventory where the team is mapping (potential) commercial species. On this map the location of the protected species are shown as well. On the inventory forms the species, the commercial height, diameter at breast height and the quality are filled in. During this activity the forest characteristics are documented as well.

Based on this information the trees are selected for felling followed by locating the log landings and the skid trails.

Our harvesting activities

The harvesting activities are also done by our forestry contractors. After the pre-harvest forms and maps are submitted, the felling lists are handed out to our contractors. Based on these, the felling is done followed by the extraction to the log landing, where the logs are stored. To prevent unnecessarily deforestation the skid trails and the log landings are only pushed open after the felling is done. Log scaling/ grading and measuring is done at the log landings. From here the logs are transported to the sawmill or prepared for export.

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