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

  • Authors: Parajuli, Manisha; Hiesl, Patrick; Smidt, Mathew; Mitchell, Dana
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
  • Source: Clemson Cooperative Extension, Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension

Abstract

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
  • Keywords: whole-tree harvesting, productivity, logging systems
  • Posted Date: August 26, 2020
  • Modified Date: August 31, 2020
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