As the days grow longer, the logging season in the Lake States begins to slow, eventually giving way to spring thaw. The logging roads built with a combination of ice and snow, compaction, and dedication begin to yield to the warming sun.
Woodyard’s can be a dangerous place. An active woodyard has heavy equipment constantly on the move. Logs are being unloaded throughout the day, and often operators of the woodyard’s heavy equipment have poor visibility.
As the frost penetrates the soil and the ground freezes, the forests of the Lake States region become more accessible. From December to March, some mills in the region will harvest more than 60% of their annual wood supply.
Cliff Shermer and his wife Mary are the owners and operators of Shermer Logging. As with many logging businesses in the state of Minnesota, Shermer Logging is located off the beaten path, on a dead-end road in Gheen, a small town with a population of 25. Cliff and Mary reside here on the farmland that Cliff’s parents purchased in 1959.