Penn College's Earth Science Center is a beautiful place to learn and work.
First, we evaluate the site to determine what trees should be removed.
We take measurements of each tree and put that information into the data recorder.
Back at campus, we review and download the information we gathered into the computer to further evaluate the site with satellite images.
Our next step is to prepare our tools, specifically our chain saw.
A well-maintained chain saw is essential.
Back at the site, the selected trees are felled, always keeping in mind what is best for each particular setting.
A lot goes into managing a wood lot or forest including taking into account the impact on wildlife.
After cutting down a tree, we hook it up and haul it to the landing via the dozer. Safety practices are always a big part of each individual operation.
The timber is then transferred to a log truck.
And brought to our sawmill at the Earth Science Center.
The timber is evaluated further before being processed.
We are one of few colleges that have a fully-operational sawmill on campus!
This photo shows our sawmill in action.
Our end product is lumber that is used by builders, furniture companies and a variety of other enterprises.