Logging and Forestry Roads
The job of foresters is a tough and demanding one and the thing they need to worry least about is the condition of the forest roads. A system which is aimed at minimizing the problems related to forest roads is PRS-Neoloy geocells. It is designed to build sustainable and all-weather logging roads as well as forest service roads on all kinds of terrain, even hilly and wet one. These logging roads and log yards are built quickly and excel in durability, in addition to having the advantage of easy maintenance.
The story behind the PRS Neoloy cellular confinement system is that it was devised for the purpose of meeting up the challenge of building reliable and all-weather roads even on the saturated and soft soil. The entire layout process is simple and can be carried out by small crews, with infilling the roads with local soil and the compacting it immediately so that it can be used by small and large skidders. The technique of using local soil as infill reduces the cost and time of the project to a considerable extent as there is no need of subgrade excavation in the process and neither is the tree harvest required for construction of log roads.
The environmental impact of a layout of roads with this system is also reduced to the minimum. The structure of the gravel surface is maintained under this system as well as a load of heavy logging vehicles does not lead to rutting. As a result, the watershed sensitive areas do not come under the impact of sedimentation on the logging road design and forest service roads.
Benefits of PRS Neoloy Cellular Confinement System
The benefits of PRS Neoloy cellular confinement system are extensive. Here are some of them:
- The construction is fast and simple under this system primarily, because it makes use of ungraded local infill
- The roads built under this system boast of long life and dimensional stability. They can withstand heavy loads and still remain unaffected
- The system saves time and money in terms of labor costs, fuel and haulage expenses. The roads so built are low maintenance and they also do not cause wear and tear on the tires of the vehicles
- The forestry road construction footprint, as well as the sedimentation in the area, is reduced to the minimum if this technique of logging road construction and forestry road construction is deployed. It also favors landscape rehabilitation and slope protection in the long run.
For these reasons, this system of construction of logging and forestry road is gaining acceptance as well as popularity around the world.