An intricate part of Ozark Forest Mushrooms sustainable practices is to harvest a renewable supply of oak logs from our Ozark forest The forest is divided into 20 acre sections and rotationally thinned on a 20 year cycle. Under the guidelines of the Missouri Department of Conservation only certain trees are harvested so that the forest is naturally thinned, never clear felled. The trunk of the trees are sold to sawmills and the branch wood is the main source for our shiitake logs. Branch wood has more sap wood present which provides the nutrients for the shiitakes to thrive on.
Draft horses are used to skid logs up steep slopes so that large machinery does not damage our fragile Ozark ecosystem. Any branch wood left is then piled into heaps to form natural habitats for wildlife.