Greater Adirondack Resource

Conservation & Development Council

To promote the wise use of natural resources and enhance the economic vitality of the Greater Adirondack region

Tenant Creek waterfall
 Thomas Bielli used with permission

Portable Skidder Bridges

Sediment is the most common pollutant associated with logging. A 2007 report for the Lake Champlain Basin Program estimated that 8-15% of the total nonpoint source phosphorus load delivered to Lake Champlain comes from forest land. Sedimentation from logging operations most often occurs because of inadequate or failed stream crossings. Portable skidder bridges are designed and intended for use as temporary structures for crossing streams during logging and are becoming widely viewed as a Best Management Practice. Portable skidder bridges will reduce the potential for sedimentation and phosphorus release, channeling, and degradation of aquatic habitat while allowing loggers to harvest timber in compliance with state water quality regulations.

 

The Greater Adirondack Resources Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council with assistance from NRCS is starting a Portable Skidder Bridge Free Loan and Education Program in the New York State Lake Champlain Basin.

The goals of the Portable Skidder Bridge Initiative are to:

 Provide portable skidder bridges free of charge to loggers

 Inform loggers, landowners and foresters about the benefits of using portable skidder bridges through information and education;

 Assist businesses in the fabrication and sale of portable skidder bridges.

 

For more information Contact the Greater Adirondack RC&D Office at: info@greateradirondackrcd.org

Loggers looking at portable skidder bridge