Harvest Residue (Slash) Management
Harvest residue, or slash, is a term that is used for the branches, needles, and log chucks that are left over at a harvest site once logs have been manufactured from the trees. Most states have laws regulating that the harvest residues must be abetted following harvest due to the fire hazard potential that they create. Although the most common method of abetting the slash hazard is still to pile and burn, there has been much research on the nutrient recycling benefits of leaving slash scattered on a forest site. In recent years, there has also been a large increase in the amount of this material being removed from the woods to source wood fired boilers in the production of energy.
The following links provide information related to the management of harvest residues