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Preliminary logging analysis system (PLANS): overview.Author(s): R.H. Twito; S.E. Reutebuch; R.J. McGaughey; C.N. Mann
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-199. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, FForest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 24 p
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionThe paper previews a computer-aided design system, PLANS, that is useful for developing timber harvest and road network plans on large-scale topographic maps. Earlier planning techniques are reviewed, and the advantages are explained of using advanced planning systems like PLANS. There is a brief summary of the input, output, and function of each program in the PLANS program set. The set presently includes programs for harvest unit design for a variety of cable logging systems, road locations, visual analyses, yarding costs, and slope attributes and a method for producing the elevation data files. Suggested ways to use PLANS to develop the harvest plans and to document and process harvesting alternatives are presented. Justifications are given for investments made in planning.
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CitationTwito, R.H.; Reutebuch, S.E.; McGaughey, R.J.; Mann, C.N. 1987. Preliminary logging analysis system (PLANS): overview. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-199. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, FForest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 24 p
KeywordsTimber harvest planning, computer programs/programing, logging operations analysis/design, road building (forest/logging)
- Determining average yarding distance.
- The SKYTOWER and SKYMOBILE programs for locating and designing skyline harvest units.
- Automated analysis of timber access road alternatives.
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