A good reason for post timber sale treatment

Many landowners are surprised to learn that more trees need to be cut after the loggers leave.  This post sale treatment is usually necessary because there are many trees that the loggers leave that are not going to become desirable crop trees, and they are casting shade on desirable crop trees.  Here are a couple of pictures of trees that were left after a harvest that occurred about 30 years ago.  The trees were damaged during the logging operation, and they have very little economic or ecological value.  They are both smaller than they look in the pictures, about 12 and 8 inches in diameter.  They were about that diameter during the last harvest.  You don’t have to look hard to see other trees that are damaged in the background.