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    Detailed cost information on thinning operations is needed to develop economic guidelines for managing immature central Appalachian hardwood stands. Three thinning treatments were applied in a 50-yr-old mixed-oak, cove hardwood stand in northern West Virginia. A commercial logging contractor using chain saws and a rubber-tired skidder conducted the logging operations. Time-study data were used to compute production rates for felling marked trees and skidding tree-length logs to roadside landings for each thinning treatment.

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    Brock, Samuel M.; Jones, Kenneth D.; Miller, Gary W. 1986. Felling and skidding costs associated with thinning a commercial Appalachian hardwood stand in northern West Virginia. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry. 3(4): 159-163.

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