Productivity and Cost of Partial Harvesting Method to Control Mountain Pine Beetle Infestations in British Columbia

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Small patch cutting (<1 ha in size) in mature lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Douglas var. latifolia Engelmann) stands has been introduced in central British Columbia, Canada to slow the spread of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopk.) populations. This practice is locally referred to as “Snip and Skid” logging. This article addresses the operational challenges of implementing the method, with an emphasis on the cost of each phase of logging. Total stump-to-truck expenses incurred with Snip and Skid logging in each patch at an average of C$17.00/m3 (C$14.98 to C$19.71/m3). However, if one includes other cost allowances, such as overhead and profit for the logging contractor, the overall cost is C$22.28/m3. These costs greatly increase when trees are smaller. Other costs for implementing the Snip and Skid method, such as planning and layout, ground probing, and baiting, further increase the total cost of implementation. Walking and low-bedding, that are not required for typical timber-production logging operations, accounted for 57% of the total delay in Snip and Skid logging. In this particular study, five trees were damaged per 100 m along the skid trails created to access the patches, but we found no high stumps or significant impacts on soils. West. J. Appl. For. 20(2):128–133.

Keywords: Forest health; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; lodgepole pine; logging costs; natural resource management; natural resources; skidding productivity

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor of Forest Engineering Department of Forest Products, College of Natural Resources University of Idaho Moscow ID 83844-1132 Phone: (208) 885-6600, Fax: (208) 885-6226, Email: hanh@uidaho.edu 2: Graduate Research Assistant Forestry Program University of Northern British Columbia 3333 University Way Prince George B.C. Canada V2N 4Z9

Publication date: April 1, 2005

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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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