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  The top cut is the first of two cuts that result in an open faced notch. The notch is made on the side of the tree that faces the direction you want it to fall.
 
Tree leaning to the right. You have determined that the best direction to fell this tree is to the right, where it is already leaning. Choose one of the top cuts below that you would make on this tree.
 
Top Cut 1 Top Cut 2 Top Cut 3
 
 

 

 
Top Cut 1 This cut is NOT the best choice because it results in a directional notch on the wrong side of the tree. It should ideally be on the side it is leaning toward.

Choose another cut.
 



 
Top Cut 3 This cut is NOT the best choice because it is a flat cut and will result in a conventional notch.

Choose another cut.


 
   
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