Slash Treatment in the Douglas-Fir Region--Trends in the Pacific Northwest

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Logging slash is a critical problem in the Douglas-fir region of the Pacific Northwest. It constitutes a serious fire hazard and is costly to eliminate. And its treatment by burning is a growing source of concern to air pollution control specialists. Present trends in slash treatment include streamlining the use of prescribed burning, developing other physical, mechanical, and chemical means of disposing, and--most desirable of all methods--utilization of logging waste. Among the fire control techniques that have been adapted or tested for slash treatment are chemical fire retardants, sprinkler systems, firing with drip torches or fusees, electric ignition circuitry, remote ignition, and portable incinerators. Nonburning treatment of slash includes lopping and scattering, lopping and leaving in place, chipping by mechanical chippers, disking or trampling with crawler-type tractors, burying, and leaving slash on the ground to decompose.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Fuel-Break Project Leader, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Expt. Sta., Forest Service, U. S. Dept. Agric., Berkeley, Calif., headquartered in Riverside, Calif.

Publication date: August 1, 1968

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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