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Production Analysis of the Bitterroot Yarder in Colorado

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The Bitterroot Miniyarder was analyzed for productivity during demonstrations on Colorado's Front Range. The yarder was operated in both single-span and multi-span configurations and averaged 13.25 cords/day and 12.21 cords/day, respectively. Environmental damage was minimal, and areas not accessible to ground skidding were logged. The yarder lost horsepower at higher elevations, which reduced its potential effectiveness. Estimated productive hourly cost was $34.43, which translates to a cost of $28.42 per cord at an average production rate of 12.7 cords per day. West. J. Appl. For. 1:22-25, Jan. 1986.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Forest and Wood Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523

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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