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Cable Yarding a Shelterwood Overstory in White Spruce Timber

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A shelterwood overstory from a 1972 seed cutting was felled with chainsaws and cable yarded with a Clearwater yarder in March and April 1987. Daily and yarding cycle data were collected to determine productivity and costs. Felling and yarding costs ranged from $53 to $61 per mbf when only merchantable timber was yarded. The costs rose to $83 to $90 per mbf when unmerchantable tops were also yarded. The data presented in this study provide loggers and forest managers with an estimate of the costs involved when using the Clearwater yarder to harvest green spruce.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: School of Agriculture and Land Resources Management, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK 99775

Publication date: March 1, 1991

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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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