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Tree Size and Species, Stand Volume, and Tract Size: Effects on Southern Harvesting Costs

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Timber harvesting production rates and equipment and labor costs were used to estimate average logging costs for a variety of tract volumes and sizes, stand structures, and tree species. Average costs were estimated for conventional logging systems typical in the South. Regression analysis was used to identify significant factors affecting the costs for each system. Highly mechanized systems were generally cheapest for harvesting southern pines, but were not much cheaper for harvesting hardwoods. Hardwoods were substantially more expensive to harvest, as were tracts of less than 250 cords in total volume. South. J. Appl. For. 13(3):145-152.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens 30602

Publication date: August 1, 1989

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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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