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Factors influencing productivity and cost in the whole-tree harvesting system

Author(s):

Manisha Parajuli
Patrick Hiesl

Year:

2020

Publication type:

Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Primary Station(s):

Southern Research Station

Source:

Clemson Cooperative Extension, Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension

Description

Fully mechanized harvesting systems are the most productive and common harvesting systems in the United States. Stem size, stand density, species composition, silvicultural prescriptions, slope/terrain, and operator skill affect the productivity and cost of a harvesting system. Timber harvest expectations of foresters, landowners, and loggers are dependent on these factors. This article describes the factors affecting the productivity of specific harvesting machines used in whole-tree harvesting and impact on harvesting cost. Landowners will understand the common limitations of a timber harvest, and they can be discussed with a forester or logger.

Citation

Parajuli, Manisha; Hiesl, Patrick; Smidt, Mathew; Mitchell, Dana. 2020. Factors influencing productivity and cost in the whole-tree harvesting system. Clemson (SC): Clemson Cooperative Extension, Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension; 2020. LGP 1079. http://lgpress.clemson.edu/publication/factors-influencing-productivity-and-cost-in-the-whole-tree-harvesting-system

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https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/60794