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Optimal Bucking of Northern Hardwoods

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This paper describes the development and application of a bucking (cross-cutting) optimization modal developed for use with northern hardwood species The modal evaluates feasible bucking solutions using computer log grading and scaling procedures that closely reflect industry-established rules. Optimal solutions are found using dynamic programming. A study of 166 trees bucked in Michigan indicates that the gross delivered values of optimal solutions are 39-55% higher than those chosen by the buckers. Possible approaches to improve value recovery during bucking are discussed. North. J. Appl. For. 9(4):149-152.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Connor Forest Products, Wakefield, MI 49968

Publication date: 1992-12-01

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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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