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I had told dwarves to cut down trees in an area a good distance away from my base, across a river. After doing so they left the wood lying about where the trees had been, despite the fact that my wood stockpile was empty. I even tried creating another stockpile nearby to see if they brought the wood to that.

Things I've checked

  • I do have dwarves with the wood hauling labour enabled.
  • The area is accessible
  • I have not told dwarves to stay within any burrows, or created any for that matter.
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Do you have idle dwarves with wood hauling enabled? – Stuart Pegg Mar 22 '11 at 21:03
@Stuart: Yes I do. – Macha Mar 22 '11 at 21:05
reads question properly Sorry. – Stuart Pegg Mar 22 '11 at 21:11
Do you have more tasks than dwarves? – Raven Dreamer Mar 23 '11 at 0:13
up vote 10 down vote accepted

There is one possible reason not mentioned above. In your dwarves' standing orders is an option disable all wood-hauling. The standing orders are where you can change settings like telling your dwarves whether to gather refuse, whether to auto-loom thread into cloth and so on.

o to get into the standing orders screen, then w to toggle wood-hauling on or off.

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I had that problem too, and then I realized I simply didn't have a wood stockpile. If you have wood gathering enabled, they won't gather unless they have somewhere to put it. So you have to go and create a wood stockpile, and they will gather it and put the wood in the stockpile.

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