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An insight into the harvesting of wood from the forest. Lower branches are cut away with a chainsaw to make it easier for the harvesting machine to cut through the wider part of the trunk. The tree is then cut into logs. The process is controlled by a computer in the cab of the machine. The logs are gathered together for transporting to the edge of the forest. The trees are taken to a saw mill, stripped of bark and cut up. Nothing is wasted.
This clip is from:
Primary Focus Geography - Forestry
First broadcast:
8 October 1997

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to give an insight into the harvesting of wood from forests. Considering the time taken to grow and process wood and wood-related products, debate how wood is used and abused in everyday life.

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