Forisk’s study quantified reforestation trends in the U.S. over the past ten to twenty years and assessed the potential effects of the U.S. reforestation rates on timber availability and wood biomass supplies. Abstract/Conclusions: The decline in tree planting acreage in the South in recent years is partially due…
Number two in a series of articles that review past WSRI work and its relevance today. WSRI Research Highlights – Planning and Communications
Final Report-Planning and Communication-State of the Forest Industry and Opportunities for Improvement in the Wood Supply Chain(Dr. Rien Visser, Virginia Tech University) Current planning is primarily reactive rather than proactive due to extremely short planning horizons for many segments of the wood supply chain. Frequent short-term changes in mill wood requirements drive many of the…
Develop Logging Cost indices for six forested regions in the United States. Key cost elements of the wood supply chain will be tracked and trend lines established. Summarization of cost trends into five quarterly “Logging Cost Indices” reports. (Ongoing project.) KEY FINDINGS: See FRA Technical Release 04-R-25 Logging Cost Indices…
(Don Taylor, Sustainable Resource Systems LLC, with data from the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement and Lupold Consulting) Continuation of previous Capacity Survey, extending data collected forward through 2007 with improved sampling and enhanced data collection methodology. The Report evaluates the logging capacity available to supply U.S. forest-based industries in selected states, accounting…
Compare the match between logging capacity and manufacturing capacity on a state-by-state basis in selected states for all six forested regions in the U. S. Where shortfalls exist, make recommendations to address the decline in logging capacity. KEY FINDINGS: See FRA Technical Release 07-R-2 Logging Capacity Survey Summary Report.
This project assesses the state of biomass harvesting, collection, and transportation technology in use across FRA’s geographic regions of the United States. It includes statistics comparing regional operations as well as anecdotal observations obtained from field visits to biomass harvesting operations. KEY FINDINGS: See Forest Operations Review Vol. 13, #1…
Research ways to optimize the wood transportation system by improving turn times, increasing loaded miles, reducing idle time and to reduce costs by adopting new technologies, like trailer designs that increase payloads. Find ways to improve safety and public perception while lowering insurance costs. KEY FINDINGS: See sequence of five FRA…
Project funded jointly by WSRI and the National Council on Air and Stream Improvement documents machine productivity and fuel consumption across a range of conditions and types of equipment to determine what variables impact the level of fuel consumption. KEY FINDINGS: Presentation and FRA Technical Release 15-R-23 summarize fuel consumption data gathered from felling,…
(Dr. Tom Gallagher, Auburn University; and Dana Mitchell, USFS Southern Research Station) Research ways that U.S. loggers have successfully implemented more than one shift per day and make recommendations for expanding the use of these multi-shift operations to improve harvesting efficiency on other logging operations. KEY FINDINGS: See FRA Technical Release 10-R-20 Extended Working Hours: Impacts on…
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