Spacing of Roads and Landings to Minimize Timber Harvest Cost

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This paper presents a direct method, easier than that developed by Matthews (1942), to determine optimum road spacing and optimum landing spacing that will minimize timber harvest cost. A comparison of the two methods shows Matthews' method gives slightly inaccurate results when landing costs are significant. A necessary condition for minimum cost is that variable yarding costs equal road costs plus twice the landing costs. Forest Sci. 24:209-217.

Keywords: Logging; forest engineering; timber production

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Forest Engineering, School of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 97331

Publication date: June 1, 1978

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