Optimal bucking strategies can be implemented in the field with powerful handheld computers, not only for matching market needs with logs cut but for addressing other management decisions within the bucking context. Weight limits for various harvesting systems and conditions can be included to assure feasible log sizes. The bucking optimization program can incorporate different cost functions for determining optimal equipment selection for various logging systems. Decisions about which portion of the tree to leave or to remove at harvest time can also be made with the optimal bucking algorithms. Knowledge of the harvesting cost of various levels of slash removal aids in planning slash treatments. West. J. Appl. For. 5(1):12-15.
Document Type: Journal Article
Forest Engineering Department, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331
Publication date: January 1, 1990
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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.