When is Hardwood Cable Logging Economical?

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Using cable logging to harvest eastern hardwood logs on steep terrain can result in low production rates and high costs per unit of wood produced. Logging managers can improve productivity and profitability by knowing how the interaction of site-specific variables and cable logging equipment affect costs and revenues. Data from selected field studies and forest model plots, as used in a simulation model, indicate that managers must consider cable logging technology, average slope distances required, volume and size of material cut, tree species and market price, and silvicultural treatment proposed.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Industrial Engineer, U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, Morgantown, WV.

Publication date: May 1, 1985

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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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