Stabilize Forest and Logging Roads with Strong, Sustainable, Smart Geocell Solution
Neoloy® Geocells create all-weather, sustainable logging roads and log yards on any type of terrain, to increase handling, safety and productivity.
The Challenge of Stabilizing Logging and Forest Roads
Forests are typically located in regions with mountainous terrain and soft, wet, silty soils. Forest roads require quality design, construction and maintenance, so that foresters can focus their efforts on land management and harvesting timber and not on road repairs and maintenance.
The Neoloy Solution for Forest Roads and Log Roads
The Neoloy cellular confinement system used for forest road stabilization meets these challenges – with all-weather installation and and all-weather road use in soft and saturated soils. The Neoloy Geocell solution creates sustainable forest service roads and logging roads, with a small environmental imprint, using locally available soils for construction.
Logistics is simple as the geocells arrive onsite in folded sections. These are easily laid out, filled with locally won granular soil, and compacted for immediate use, even by heavy tracked skidders. Subgrade excavation can be reduced or eliminated, while foresters won’t have to sacrifice part of the tree harvest to build log (corduroy) roads, or haul in engineered aggregate.
Why Neoloy – for Durable Logging and Forest Road Stabilization
Neoloy Geocells are designed to last, with stiffness, strength and creep resistance unavailable in other solutions, making them the best management practice for forest roads and logging roads. Neoloy-based Geocell reinforced roads maintain the gravel road surface courses and resist rutting under the load of heavy logging vehicles. This also helps to prevent sedimentation from forest roads in watershed-sensitive areas.
Forest service roads in nature reserves and national parks can be constructed where the minimization of both the environmental footprint and maintenance is critical. Logging roads for timber production are strong, durable and all-weather to improve harvesting production with minimal environmental impact. The fact that forest road structural thickness can be halved while using locally available soil for infill also cuts construction time as well as costs.
Benefits for Logging and Forestry Roads
- High resistance to rutting, fatigue
- Improves soil bearing capacity for heavy logging vehicles
- Enables all-weather / all-season use
- Save material, time, maintenance
- Reduce haulage, fuel costs, work crews
- Save wear and tear on tires and vehicles
- Simple and fast all-weather installation
- Use ungraded, local infill
- Increase road drainage
- Long term road design strength
- Deploys on steep slopes
- Effective slope protection and landscape rehabilitation
- Minimize road construction footprint and sedimentation