Here is an early Coalition trial of the skid loader for removing kudzu vines from trees. Prior to using the skid loader, this type of work would have been done by Coalition volunteers exclusively by hand. The infestation is next to a parking lot behind a small shopping plaza on the west side of Spartanburg. Here are "before" photographs as Coalition volunteers found the situation. September 2006.
A cable is wrapped around a group of hanging vines by a volunteer, and pulled down with the skid loader. Some damage to trees can occur, and small or dead trees are pulled down. So precautions must be taken to apply the method judiciously, and to work safely. October 2006.
Large kudzu vines and roots were found during the work. October and November 2006.
Here are before and after photographs of the same location. September and November 2006.
The skid loader uncovered and relocated large trees fallen by kudzu that look like old dinosaur bones. This debris plus masses of removed kudzu are piled up for removal by Spartanburg city services. December 2006.