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    Author(s): Philip M. McDonald; William A. Atkinson; Dale O. Hall
    Date: 1969
    Source: Journal of Forestry. 67(2): 109-112
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
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    Mixed-conifer stands at the Challenge Experimental Forest, Calif., were cut to four specifications: seed-tree, group selection, single tree selection, and clearcut. Logging costs and production rates were compared and evaluated. Cutting method had little effect on felling or skidding production; felling ranged from 1,802 to 2,019 bd ft per hour, and skidding from 3,138 to 3,761 bd ft per hour. Felling cost $3.86 per M bd ft and skidding averaged $4.57. Loading production was 5,286 bd ft per hour and averaged $2.72 per M bd ft. It varied greatly with the number of logs per load; for example, a three-log load contained 42 percent more volume but took only half the loading time of that for a 27-log load.

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    McDonald, P.M.; Atkinson, W.A.; Hall, D.O. 1969. Logging costs and cutting methods in young-growth ponderosa pine in California. Journal of Forestry. 67(2): 109-113.

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