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Is Treetop Skidding Effective in Reducing Fuel Loading?

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In an attempt to reduce fuel loading during commercial thinning in a mixed-conifer forest, treetops were left attached to logs that were skidded to a landing for bucking and top disposal. Designated skidtrails were used to minimize residual stand damage and soil compaction. In a comparison with conventional logging procedures, treetop skidding did not decrease skidding productivity or increase damage to residual crop trees, but neither did it significantly reduce fuels. Whole-tree skidding, which would remove lower limbs, may be necessary to reduce unacceptable fire hazard. West. J. Appl. For. 1:13-15, Jan. 1986
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forester with the Rogue River National Forest

Publication date: 1986-01-01

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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 Western Journal of Applied Forestry covers the western United States, including Alaska, and western Canada; WJAF will also consider manuscripts reporting research in northern Mexico that has potential application in the southwestern United States.
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