Forestry Training Course Goal

When heavy steel equipment moves across a cut block, soil damage can result. Often the damage is long term and can reduce the rate of growth for our next crop of trees.

The purpose of this course is to provide practical ideas to forestry contractors, equipment operators, and field supervisors so that together, they can minimize the damage to forest soils during forest operations.

The opportunity to protect forest soil occurs at each step of the forest- management process, from harvest planning; to field layout; to harvesting and reforestation activities. Operators of forestry equipment, harvesting contractors, site preparation and field supervisors are vital links in this process.

Harvesting contractors, equipment operators, and their supervisors will learn how to use visual indicators like landscape features and tree species to identify potential wet areas. Simple field tests will help them anticipate when soils are actually at risk.

Contractors will learn about equipment features that influence soil compaction and rutting, and operating techniques to reduce soil damage.

Field supervisors will learn to schedule harvesting to minimize soil damage. The course also offers ways to modify harvesting operations when soils have become susceptible to damage.

Learning Objectives

Participants who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Describe the function of soil organic matter, structure and pore space
  • Participate effectively in planning and team action processes
  • Describe the three main types of soil damage
  • Recognize the legislation and guidelines designed to protect soils
  • Recognize eight ways to avoid soil damage
  • Describe soil reclamation and site preparation practices


        • This course is available in a narrated online version (link below), however, it can also be delivered in person or online (to groups) with a live instructor. To arrange a “live online” delivery please send your request to or contact the WOLF office at 1-866-293-WOLF (9653)


          • Cost of the online narrated course is $99 (+GST)

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