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Costs and environmental impacts of harvesting timber in Appalachia with a truck-mounted craneAuthor(s): J. N. Kochenderfer; G. W. Wendel
Source: Res. Pap. NE-456. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 9p.
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionA truck-mounted crane was used to yard and load timber from a 30-acre sale in a 140-acre watershed in the mountains of north-central West Virginia. A total logging cost, excluding road costs, of $44.35/M bm for logs delivered to a mill 20 miles away was comparable to that reported for wheeled skidders. Road costs with gravel would add $55/M bm, without gravel $26/M bm. Roads built to these standards held sediment production within the range (0.05 to 0.10 ton/acre/year) expected for undisturbed forested watersheds. Residual stand damage caused by this system was also comparable to other systems and was concentrated on small trees.
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CitationKochenderfer, J. N.; Wendel, G. W. 1980. Costs and environmental impacts of harvesting timber in Appalachia with a truck-mounted crane. Res. Pap. NE-456. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 9p.
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