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Cost Structure of Integrated Harvesting for Woody Biomass and Solid Hardwood Products in Southeastern Missouri

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Two silvicultural treatments, single-tree selection and shelterwood strips, were applied to 30 ac of Missouri Ozark forest to remove small-diameter trees and merchantable sawlogs using a mechanized, integrated harvest approach. A system feasibility analysis was completed to estimate productivity, costs, and minimum product prices needed to attain economic viability. Time-in-motion data were collected on all system components and used to distribute production costs between the two products using a joint cost method. An average of 35.7 tn of solid hardwood products and 15.5 tn of fuel chips were removed per acre at an average cost per ton of $25.18 and $22.80, respectively.
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Keywords: economic feasibility; integrated harvest; joint cost; shelterwood strips; single-tree selection; woody biomass

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-01-01

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