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A Second Look at Cable Logging in the Appalachians

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Cable logging, once used extensively in the Appalachians, is being re-examined to see if smaller, more mobile systems can help solve some of the timber-management problems on steep slopes. A small Austrian skyline was tested in West Virginia to determine its feasibility for harvesting eastern hardwoods. The short-term test included both selection and clearcut harvesting. Both yarding costs and environmental effects were analyzed.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Mechanical Engineer, USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Morgantown, West Virginia

Publication date: 1975-10-01

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