The Secret To Eco-Friendly Logging? Use A Horse

A forest is no place for diesel fumes. The perilous job of logging – ranked the second most dangerous job in the U.S. – involves cutting down and transporting enormous trees, usually using large, loud, diesel-powered machines.

But some loggers choose to buck the tech trend, choosing more traditional logging methods for a low-impact alternative to diesel. The most old-fashioned loggers hearken back to the age of the pioneers with the ultimate low-tech transportation method, horses.

This week on Jobs That Bite, host Jeremy Brandt travels to Washington State with Wood ‘n Horse, a horse logging company. Responsible for five tons of tree and two of horse, horse logging is far from an easy job. But clients come to Wood ‘n Horse for its sustainable practices and ease on the land, two advantages old-school logging has over machines.

The ancient art of horse logging used to be the foundation of the forestry industry, until technology took its place. But some loggers still utilize horses as a more environmentally friendly way of clearing trees. These loggers swear horses are more effective, leaving the ground intact and primed for new growth. Cheaper, quieter and operating free of diesel fuel, the old tradition of horse logging isn’t going anywhere, as long as there are companies like Wood ‘n Horse dedicated to preserving the practice.

How does Jeremy fare at the high-risk job of horse logging? Find out on Jobs That Bite tomorrow night at 8P.