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Corey Childs, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, Loudoun County Office Adam Downing, Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Agent, Northern District You have considered the ramifications of clearing your

By C. A. Shea Porr, Natural Resources, Extension Agent, Northern District and Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication

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and you have decided to go forward. Now this publication addresses a question many new landowners ask: How do I clear land? Land Clearing Methods Perhaps the most common method of clearing land is to harvest the timber, bulldoze to “grub ” or remove the stumps, and then establish the next cover (yard, pasture, house, driveway, etc.). Leftover trees and brush can be handled in a variety of ways (Table 1). While this method may be the most economical and makes finding operators easy, it can also result in extensive damage to the soil. Additionally, unless the timber is very valuable, using a bulldozer may end up costing more than if the timber value was forfeited for easier stump removal

Year: 2010
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