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Harvest Felling of Residual Stems to Reduce Site Preparation Costs

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Feller-bunchers were explored as an alternative to site preparation tractors for felling logging residuals on harvested sites. Harvest felling of residuals can reduce subsequent site preparation costs where at least 20% of feller-buncher time is available. Continuous disk sawhead feller-bunchers appear best suited for this task. Feller-bunchers are best suited for felling logging residuals averaging 4 to 6 in. dbh with 40 to 100 standing residuals/ac. In tests where standing logging residuals did not exceed 9 tons/ac and averaged 6 in. or less dbh, feller-bunchers felled this material at a lower cost than site preparation tractors with shearing blades. Harvesting costs increase slightly as smaller stems are handled by the feller-buncher, but this may be more than offset by resulting site preparation savings. South. J. Appl. For. 17(1):39-43.

Document Type: Journal Article

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

Publication date: February 1, 1993

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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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