Land Clearing

CLT has cleared thousands of miles of new and co-located rights-of-way on thousands of acres on highly visible and heavily regulated projects throughout New England. We have equipment and expertise to take on projects large and small from wind farms and transmission lines to road maintenance, trails, and campgrounds.


Commercial Land Clearing

The clearing contractor is typically the first to hit the ground on a project and we understand the importance of schedule to project owners. CLT is positioned to mobilize our fleet of specialized equipment, experienced operators, and project managers to meet the demands of fast-paced projects to stay ahead of schedule while delivering a quality product. We have earned a reputation for efficient project management and diligence as well as effective coordination with other project contractors.


Site-Specific Clearing

CLT is recognized for an attention to detail on every job. We take the time to implement procedures that are necessary to complete projects safely and efficiently. Site-specific clearing methods may be necessary on both large and small projects due to project design, overhead and underground utilities, vehicle traffic, runways, etc. Also, there are often protected natural resources, challenging terrain, or weather conditions that may require specialized clearing methods. In these situations, we use alternate methods, such as:


  • timber matting to cross protected resources (s wetlands, etc.) or finished surfaces (pavement, golf course) to prevent or minimize damage;
  • hand-cutting and cable skidders to remove cut wood from steep slopes and/or protected resources; and
  • forestry bucket trucks to cut trees immediately adjacent to buildings, energized powerlines, and/or vehicle traffic.
Princeton, Maine clearing.
Princeton, Maine clearing.
Kibby Wind Power project
Kibby Wind Power project
Kibby Wind Power project

Stump Grinding, Subsoiling, and Forestry Mulching


CLT maintains a fleet of equipment for pulling and grinding stumps on site, grinding stumps in place (subsoiling), stump cutting, and forestry mulching. We have ground stumps using multiple methods on thousands of acres across New England, including wind farms, road and bridge construction, roadside maintenance, farms, and private landowners. For large projects, tracked excavators and bulldozers are used to pull stumps. The stumps are then ground on-site into material suitable for use as erosion control mix using horizontal grinders capable of producing up to 100 tons of stump grindings per hour.

The process of subsoiling grinds stumps in place and mulches the material into the soil. This process produces a smooth soil surface suitable for seeding. Stump cutting grinds stumps flush with the ground leaving the subsoil portion of the stump intact resulting in stable, mostly undisturbed ground which can be easily mowed. Forestry mulching involves mulching standing trees, vegetation, and/or debris in place and leaving a stabilized surface. These processes work well for projects of all sizes, from large-scale infrastructure development, , to roadsides, pasture reclamation, and trails.

Before grinding and mulching.
After grinding and mulching.
Fayette, Maine mulching

Erosion & Sediment Control

CLT is certified in erosion and sediment control by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. We are recognized for our commonsense approach, and ability to effectively control erosion and sedimentation. Successful erosion and sediment control require proper planning, installation, and maintenance of controls. CLT is experienced in effectively installing both structural and non-structural erosion and sediment controls, including:

  • Temporary and permanent seed and mulch
  • Overwinter stabilization
  • Sediment barriers
  • Temporary and permanent check dams
  • Stabilized construction exits
  • Culverts
  • Level spreaders
  • Vegetated and armored channels
  • Water diversions
  • Stream crossings
  • Water detention structures
  • Slope reinforcement

Erosion Control Mix

Erosion control mix (ECM) is an all-natural, multi-purpose erosion and sediment control product often preferred by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. ECM is an especially beneficial product, as it can be generated on-site from materials (e.g., stumps and grubbings) that would otherwise have to be buried or hauled away for disposal as solid waste. Unlike silt fence or straw barriers, ECM is visually inconspicuous and rarely has to be removed after your site is stabilized. CLT can grub and grind stumps on-site to produce ECM, or we can deliver ECM to your site and install it to your specifications. ECM can be used as a sediment barrier, long-term mulch, overwinter stabilizing mulch, and ground cover for nature trails, construction yards, and unpaved parking areas.

Hay bales for erosion and sediment control.
ECM Berm
Saco, Maine

Construction Site Work

In addition to preparing a site by clearing, grubbing and stump grinding, CLT also provides the following services:

  • Topsoil salvage, stockpile, and replacement
  • Cuts and fills
  • Rough and finish grading
  • Excavation
  • Backfill and compaction
  • Rock crushing and screening
  • Road building
  • Stormwater management
  • Erosion and sediment control installation
  • Clean-up and final restoration

Timber Construction Mats

Timber construction mats are used to facilitate equipment access across unstable soils, finished ground (e.g., pavement, golf courses), and to bridge streams, or where necessary for safe equipment travel.

CLT maintains a substantial inventory of timber construction mats and has the appropriate equipment and qualified personnel to transport mats to your location and set them efficiently and effectively. CLT uses eight-wheeled forwarders to transport mats to off-road locations as well as to set the mats. Using forwarders is the most efficient method for handling mats as they can be transported, set, and removed with the same piece of equipment.

China, Maine - Site work
Site work
Sanford, Maine - Sanford Solar
Timber mats



CLT offers a variety of mulch products, loam, compost, gravel, rock, crushed stone, and cedar fence posts.

Products are available for pick-up or delivery from our South China locations Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Our offices are open Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day.

CLT offers bulk pricing and delivery, please call us at (207) 445-3151 for details.


Biomass Fuel


CLT has been producing and delivering biomass fuel for large wood-fired heat and power plants for more than a decade. Our biomass fuel meets individual specifications, such as chip type (whole tree, whole bole, etc.), chip size, moisture content, etc. CLT produces and delivers biomass fuel in bulk and maintains a stockpile of raw and chipped product to be able to meet your delivery needs.

Mulch - Cedar, Natural, Black, Brown.
Black Mulch
Sharpened Cedar Fence Posts
Natural Brown Mulch

Woodlot Management

CLT and J.A. Tyler Forest Products has served private landowners since 1995. Our experience assists landowners in managing their woodlot and investments to achieve a variety of goals, including recreation, aesthetic value, sustainable tree growth, wildlife habitat, and revenue. We are focused on helping landowners make informed and realistic decisions to maximize the use and enjoyment of their property. Woodlot management services include:

  • Forest inventory and GIS resource mapping
  • Woodlot management consultation
  • Management plans (initial tree growth plans and re-certifications)
  • Tree growth planning
  • Timber harvesting and marketing


  • CLT has full-time Licensed Professional Foresters on staff.
  • CLT is a Northeast Master Logger Certified company.
  • CLT equipment operators are Certified Logging Professionals.
Harpswell, Maine
Knox, Maine - Before thinning view.
Know, Maine - During thinning of sugar bush.
Knox, Maine
CLT Processor

Get In Touch

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Our Location

665 Route 3
South China, ME  04358

Call Us

Tel: (207) 445-3151
Fax: (207) 445-3153