• State Road 27 Bedford, IN
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Each year Cruse Hardwoods privately purchases 8 million board feet of standing timber. If you own a stand of timber and would like to sell your timber you should contact us for a free estimate.


Cruse hardwoods is a third generation family owned logging and timber company whose experience is deep rooted in the logging industry. At Cruse hardwoods we understand the importance of quality logging practices, therefore we only employee experienced loggers with BMP (best management practices), and master logger certification . We use Best Management Practices to reduce soil erosion and improve the appearance of harvesting activities during timber logging. We are also experienced with wildlife habitat issues that need to be addressed during logging. Contact us with any questions you may have about hunting lease management.


What to expect from our logging operation and equipment


Timberland properties are managed for timber, wildlife, recreation, kids or grandkids college fund, and maybe for those little grandkids that might inherit the property someday. Each landowner chooses the time to harvest and the specific approach to benefit their long term goals. A professional forester is readily available to help make that decision. After selection is made and agreements on price are reached, it is time to harvest. Before the crew arrives, a harvest site plan is developed with the landowner.


Our timber cutters are trained in directional felling and take great pride in protecting future crop trees. During our logging operation we keep impact as minimal as possible. After a tree is cut and topped, the skidder drags it into the designated log yard. The operator repositions and changes angles of the drag to minimize wounding non-harvest crop trees.


In the log yard an automatic buck saw cuts the trees into logs. The operator cuts for grade utilization as well as production utilization. He is always communicating with log inspectors on the concentration yard in Bedford, Indiana to make sure that they are utilizing the log to meet its best yield. This process ensures higher returns for the landowner.


While this process of harvest and exporting has been going on, the final step of the site closure is proceeding in the woodlot. The timber cutters and skidder operators took care of the remaining crop trees during harvest and now that the logging is finished, the soil must be stabilized. We smooth out skid trails in finished areas, and install erosion preventing water bars in areas where the harvest was completed. Water bars are dirt diversions on steep inclines channeling water off of the trails and on to the leaf litter of the forest floor to prevent erosion and protect water quality.


If any fences were cut to allow trees to fall into fields they are repaired. Any items discarded during logging are removed from the site. As the buck saw is pulled out and heads for the next job along with the skidders and cutters, the bulldozer moves into the concentration yard. Sometimes, yards are seeded and strawed. Sometimes a little rock is needed to top dress a road. Each site is different and may vary a little at closure.


Some of our landowners may have our construction operators actually construct a permanent road rather than the temporary roads usually used. This is only an option chosen if permanent access fits into the landowners needs.


Land management woods are a healthier and more profitable than non-harvest woodlots