Wetland harvesting systems -- developing alternatives for sustainable operation

  • Authors: Rummer, Robert B.; Stokes, Bryce J.; Schilling, Alvin
  • Publication Year: 1997
  • Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
  • Source: Proceedings, Council on Forest Engineering, 20th annual meeting; 1997 July 28-31; Rapid City, SD

Abstract

Wetland forests represent some of the most productive forest lands in the Southeast. They are also an environmentally sensitive ecotype which presents unique problems for forest operations. Sustaining active management in these areas will require systems which can operate on weak soil conditions without adversely affecting soil properties or stand regeneration. The systems must also operate economically. This paper reviews current investigations of alternative systems including large-capacity forwarders, clambunk skidders, and the skidder/shovel logger system in the southeastern U.S. The systems are compared in terms of production, cost, and potential site impacts.

  • Citation: Rummer, Robert B.; Stokes, Bryce J.; Schilling, Alvin 1997. Wetland harvesting systems -- developing alternatives for sustainable operation. Proceedings, Council on Forest Engineering, 20th annual meeting; 1997 July 28-31; Rapid City, SD
  • Posted Date: April 1, 1980
  • Modified Date: August 22, 2006
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