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Merchantable Stem Skidding and Damage

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This study of a single hardwood logging operation in Wise County, Virginia, (1) compares the cost of multiple or tree-length skidding with conventional or short-log skidding from a previous study, and (2) evaluates damage to the leave stand resulting from tree-length skidding. Costs of skidding short logs with D4 and TD-9 tractors averaged 1.1 to 2.4 times higher than skidding tree-length logs with a D6 tractor. The latter method damaged 20 percent of the stems in the leave stand and completely destroyed 12 percent. Total damage was estimated at $4.50 per acre. Damage resulting from short-log skidding was not determined.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Tennessee Valley Authority, Norris, Tenn

Publication date: 1963-11-01

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