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Costs of logging thinnings and a clearcutting in Appalachia using a truck-mounted craneAuthor(s): Raymond L. Sarles; Kenneth R. Whitenack
Source: Res. Pap. NE-545. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiement Station. 9p.
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionFour timber cutting treatments - three levels of thinning and a clearcutting - were applied on 60-year-old mountain stands of Allegheny hardwoods. The stands were logged by a three-man crew using chain saws and a truck-mounted crane. Logging operations were studied, and production rates determined for tree-length logs decked at roadside. Work efficiency and productivity of the logging crew were somewhat higher on the thinning operations than on the clearcut. Labor, equipment, and road construction costs were determined and applied to production rates. Comparison of logging costs among the four cutting treatments showed that the cost of wood decked at roadside was less for thinnings than for clearcutting. Silvicuitural and environmental considerations of truck-crane logging are discussed.
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CitationSarles, Raymond L.; Whitenack, Kenneth R. 1984. Costs of logging thinnings and a clearcutting in Appalachia using a truck-mounted crane. Res. Pap. NE-545. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiement Station. 9p.
KeywordsLogging costs, thinning, clearcutting, cable yarding, time study, production rates, Allegheny hardwoods
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