Forestry and Natural Resources


Logging Operations and Soil Compaction

Student Author Information

Manisha Parajuli- CAFLS Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation Graduate Student

Clemson Extension Program Team

Forestry and Wildlife

Publication Date

Spring 3-14-2022

Publication Number

LGP 1135


The use of mechanized harvesting equipment in the logging operations increases the production per unit time. Therefore, there is an increasing trend in the use of mechanized harvesting systems. However, mechanized harvesting not only increases productivity but also causes several negative environmental impacts. Soil compaction is a common problem associated with harvesting. This article describes the factors affecting soil compaction, effects of soil compaction, and suggests some prevention and mitigation strategies. A landowner will understand the importance of best management practices implementation during harvesting.

Publication Type



Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension

Publisher City

Clemson, SC

Target Audiences

Forest Landowners, Forest Managers, Loggers

Previous Versions

Feb 18 2022