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Intensive utilization with conventional harvesting systems

Author(s): Roland L. Barger, Robert E. Benson
Year Published: 1981

ANNOTATION: Forest residues utilization research has included case studies of the efficiency of existing harvesting systems in achieving close fiber utilization. Field evaluations included the use of in-woods chipping systems in gentle terrain; crawler skidder systems in gentle terrain; and skyline systems in steep terrain. In each situation, utilization standards ranged from conventional saw log utilization to near-total utilization of available fiber. Intensive utilization has been achieved concurrent with saw log harvesting, rather than through postharvest salvage. The total costs of harvesting merchantable material and residue together are partitioned to derive costs of residue recovery. Costs of recovery vary significantly among the case situations studied, and also vary with the method by which costs are allocated. Residue recovery costs commonly run $30-$60 per dry ton.

Citation: Barger, Roland L.; Benson, Robert E. 1981. Intensive utilization with conventional harvesting systems. In: Harvesting and utilization opportunities for forest residues in the Northern Rocky Mountains: symposium proceedings, 1979 November 28-30, Missoula, MT. Gen. Tech. Rep. GTR-INT-110. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. p. 77-95.
Topic(s): Fire & Economics, Fuels, Fuel Treatments & Effects, Mechanical treatments
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine wet spruce-fir forest, Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest, Montane wet mixed-conifer forest, Montane dry mixed-conifer forest
Document Type: Conference Proceedings, Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11130
FRAMES RCS number: 7523
Record updated: Jul 3, 2018