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Timber-Harvesting Mechanization in the Western United States: An Industry Survey

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A survey of mechanized harvesting operations in the western United States located more than 140 timber companies and logging contractors using nontraditional manufacturing or transportation equipment during 1985. The operations ranged from small contractors owning a single feller-buncher to completely mechanized firms operating delimbers, debarkers, chippers, and felling machines. Most of the mechanized logging was found in Washington, Oregon, and Montana. Equipment breakdowns were the most critical harvesting problem cited by the loggers, followed by decreased production on steep terrain. Few contractors provide formal training for their equipment operators, a factor that may increase the frequency, duration, and severity of equipment downtime. Monetary incentive bonuses were used to spur production by approximately 35% of the responding firms. West. J. Appl. For. 3(2):33-36, April 1988.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Forest Engineering, College of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis

Publication date: 1988-04-01

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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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