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Logging Costs and Cutting Methods in Young-Growth Ponderosa Pine in California

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Mixed-conifer stands at the Challenge Experimental Forest, Calif., were cut to four specifications: seed-tree, group selection, single tree selection, and clear-cut. Logging costs and production rates were compared and evaluated. Cutting method had little effect on felling or skidding production; felling ranged from 1,802 to 2,019 bd ft per hour, and skidding from 3,138 to 3,761 bd ft per hour. Felling cost $3.86 per M bd ft and skidding averaged $4.57. Loading production was 5,286 bd ft per hour and averaged $2.72 per M bd ft. It varied greatly with the number of logs per load; for example, a three-log load contained 42 percent more volume but took only half the loading time of that for a 27-log load.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research forester, Intermountain Forest and Range Expt. Sta., Forest Service, U. S. Dept. Agric., Boise, Idaho

Publication date: 1969-02-01

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