Selective logging is the removal of a proportion of standing trees based on specified limits of minimum tree size and/or minimum large trees that must remain. Thus significant forest cover and wildlife habitat is maintained. Selective logging is the most common method of logging used in Queensland. It allows forest regeneration following and between selective harvests and results in a forest structure similar to a natural mix of tree ages. The ecological impact and long term sustainability of the forest depends upon the application and adherence to specifications applicable to the forest type and the logging and history of other uses of the forest area.
The direct impacts of selective logging may include:
- Loss of deep-rooted perennial trees and shrubs
- Reduced canopy cover
- Increased invasion of environmental weeds
- Increased soil compaction
- Increased greenhouse gas emissions
Last updated 7 September 2010