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Potential Timber Availability for Mechanized Harvesting in Oregon

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We assessed the availability of timber for mechanized harvesting in Oregon with regard to timber size, slope class, ownership, and geographic location. Because of the transition from harvesting old-growth to second-growth timber, we predict that most of the Oregon harvest in the next decade will be comprised of trees small enough to permit some form of mechanized harvesting. An analysis of slope classes suggests that almost 60% of western Oregon and 85% of eastern Oregon are potentially accessible for ground-based, in-woods mechanization. West. J. Appl. For. 8(1):11-15.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Forest Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331

Publication date: 1993-01-01

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