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Scandinavian Thinning Techniques in a Natural Northeastern Softwood Stand

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The applicability of Scandinavian thinning techniques to small-diameter northeastern softwood stands was tested in a hemlock stand in central Maine. Cutting used motormanual techniques in which the cutter felled, limbed, bucked and piled 8-ft bolts for extraction to trailside by a small tractor and winch. Sixteen-foot lengths were also cut in order to compare the relative merits of the two sizes. To simulate radio control, the winch was activated by a retractable nylon line that permitted the operator to control it remotely from within the stand. A small, tracked forwarder transported the wood to roadside landings. Total roadside cost of the operation was $42.86 per cord, but a cost of $37.87 is considered attainable. The most expensive and most difficult to improve function is cutting, which is most influenced by the small tree size. In this case, 27.5 trees were cut per cord, compared with 10-15 found in most commercial operations. Costs are unacceptable, but the technique may be viable for woodlot owners with limited equipment and low wage requirements. North. J. Appl. For. 4:38-42, March 1987

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Baskahegan Company, Brookton, ME 04413

Publication date: 1987-03-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Northern Journal of Applied Forestry covers northeastern, midwestern, and boreal forests in the United States and Canada.
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