The initial steps taken in logging any wood species are similar. The best trees go to veneer production, rather than other lumber uses. Long logs with few defects will make the most valuable veneer, and the production of veneer yields more income than the production of lumber for other uses from the same log.
Trees are selected, felled, and removed from their location. They are then brought to a dispatching location where they are taken by truck, railcar or waterway to yards where they are stockpiled until ready to be shipped to a location where they will be processed.