This study documented and field-tested computerized optimal bucking procedures in second-growth Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), comparing computerized bucking solution to the solution of two timber cutters. The increase in the number of logs was negligible; the computer solution often did not use the entire merchantable tree stem. Log volume and value differed between these two solutions primarily because of the locations of long logs versus short logs in the tree. Volume increased 9.5% and value increased 9.3% for 85 trees in the optimal bucking compared with the cutter's solution. West. J. Appl. For. 13(3):85-89.
Document Type: Journal Article
Department of Forest Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, (541) 737-0979;, Fax: (541) 737-3008
Publication date: July 1, 1998
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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.