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    Thirty active harvesting operations were part of a harvest and utilization study conducted in West Virginia in 2008. Data were collected on roundwood product and residue yields obtained from trees of different sizes, species, and qualities. This study was modeled after studies conducted on a regular and frequent basis by the Forest Inventory and Analysis unit in the Southern Research Station. Of the total volume harvested during this study, 88 percent was utilized and 12 percent was considered unutilized. Of the hardwood logging residue measured, 56 percent was from nongrowing-stock sections of the trees—e.g., tops, limbs, and stumps. The other 44 percent was unutilized growing-stock sections including upper stems and saw log-sized material. When the harvest utilization factors estimated in this study are applied to Forest Inventory and Analysis estimates of total harvest volume for West Virginia in 2008, a statewide hardwood logging residue estimate of 35.5 million cubic feet is obtained.

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    Wiedenbeck, Jan; Grushecky, Shawn. 2014. West Virginia harvest and utilization study, 2008. Resour. Bull. NRS-87. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 16 p.


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