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Economics of hardwood silviculture using skyline and conventional logging

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Baumgras, John E.; Miller, Gary W.; LeDoux, Chris B.

Year Published

1995

Publication

In: Lowery, G.; Meyer, D., eds. Proceedings of the 23rd annual hardwood symposium, advances in hardwood utilization: following profitability from the woods through rough dimension; 1995 May 17-20; Cashiers, NC. Memphis, TN: National Hardwood Lumber Association: 5-17.

Abstract

Managing Appalachian hardwood forests to satisfy the growing and diverse demands on this resource will require alternatives to traditional silvicultural methods and harvesting systems. Determining the relative economic efficiency of these alternative methods and systems with respect to harvest cash flows is essential. The effects of silvicultural methods and roundwood prices on harvesting revenue are presented for skyline and conventional skidder logging. Silvicultural methods evaluated include single-tree selection, group selection, even-age management, two-age management, diameter-limit cutting, and commercial thinning. Results indicate that harvesting systems had less impact on harvesting revenue than silvicultural methods or roundwood prices, and that hardwood markets can significantly affect economic trade-offs associated with forest management alternatives.

Citation

Baumgras, John E.; Miller, Gary W.; LeDoux, Chris B. 1995. Economics of hardwood silviculture using skyline and conventional logging. In: Lowery, G.; Meyer, D., eds. Proceedings of the 23rd annual hardwood symposium, advances in hardwood utilization: following profitability from the woods through rough dimension; 1995 May 17-20; Cashiers, NC. Memphis, TN: National Hardwood Lumber Association: 5-17.

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