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Skidder and Tire Size Effects on Soil Compaction

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Soil compaction in a Chewacla silt loam was significantly reduced by the use of larger tire sizes when the soil was moist (at its plastic limit). Reducing the skidder size slightly did not reduce soil compaction significantly. More important in determining compaction levels were soil moisture content and the number of trips the machine made across a site. Although larger tires can reduce soil compaction, reducing logging activity in wet soil or confining traffic to skid roads can minimize site damage.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Forestry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg 24061

Publication date: 1985-08-01

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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 Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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