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West Virginia forest industry transportation network analysis using GISAuthor(s): Steven E. Harouff; Shawn T. Grushecky; Ben D. Spong
Source: In: Jacobs, Douglass F.; Michler, Charles H., eds. 2008. Proceedings, 16th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2008 April 8-9; West Lafayette, IN. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-24. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 257-264.
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DescriptionTo better understand and increase efficiency in delivery of harvested roundwood on West Virginia' roadways, a detailed network analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) was conducted. Typical proximity-based analysis, which looks at straightline distances (buffers) around given features regardless of terrain and road characteristics, provides limited knowledge of true transportation costs, i.e., travel time. This is especially evident in West Virginia's roadways, of which there are far fewer flat and straight than a proximity analysis would suggest. Furthermore, 6,343 bridges currently are associated with these roadways, many with weight restrictions that limit the effectiveness of proximity-based analysis.
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CitationHarouff, Steven E.; Grushecky, Shawn T.; Spong, Ben D. 2008. West Virginia forest industry transportation network analysis using GIS. In: Jacobs, Douglass F.; Michler, Charles H., eds. 2008. Proceedings, 16th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2008 April 8-9; West Lafayette, IN. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-24. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 257-264.
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