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This page is a location for forest operations information.
From a glossary of forestry terms to required and recommended
work practices outlined by Occupational Safety & Health
Administration (OSHA), this page can connect you with answers
to many forest operations questions. If there is information
that should be included, we want to hear about it.
Forest Operations Streaming Video Sets
The Rural Technology Initiative has converted three USDA/USFS sets of videos from VHS to digital.
This glossary is based on prior glossaries defining woods
words, cable logging, and forest engineering terms. The
mastery of terminology and jargon is one of the most valuable
initial steps that can be taken by a novice to an area of
study. Included here are words associated with logging,
transportation, forest engineering and silviculture.
Logging is the most hazardous industry in the United States,
particularly the activity of manual felling. This Advisor
outlines the required and recommended work practices that
can reduce logging hazards.
* Washington established a federally accepted
occupational safety program called the Washington Industrial
Safety and Health Act (WISHA). It is independent of the
Department of Labor's OSHA program, but the Logging eTool
site is still very informational.
Information contained in this document include surface drainage,
subsurface drainage, and drainage crossings. It has been
developed for the guidance of employees of the Forest Service,
USDA, its contractors, and cooperating Federal and State