(Dr. Dale Greene et al., University of Georgia) Determine what log sorting at the stump entails and establish standard cost baselines for typical longwood and cut-to-length systems. Describe and estimate costs associated with additional sorting to provide guidelines for use during price negotiations. KEY FINDINGS: See FRA Technical Release 10-R-8 Product Sorting Impacts on Harvesting Production and…
In response to concerns about the sustainability of logging production and the trucking workforce, the Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) commissioned research into the compensation for logging occupations compared to occupations competing for the same employee pools. This report investigates logging employee wages and benefits in four U.S.…
(Dr. Dale Greene, University of Georgia, in collaboration with Louisiana State University and University of Maine) Main causes of unused wood production identified as market-driven (quotas, closures, “turn-time” issues), regulations (mandatory and voluntary), mechanical problems, labor-related (amount and quality), uncontrollable weather impacts, planning shortfalls, and individual stand/tract issues. KEY FINDINGS: See FRA Technical Releases 03-R-2 Impact of…
The results of Forisk’s Woody Biomass Harvesting Sustainability Study includes statistical details on woody biomass supply and demand, and a screening method to project expected viability of announced bio-energy projects. Abstract/Conclusions: The U.S. grows more than enough wood to supply both known wood bio-energy projects and the current…
The Project examined the hypothesis that price volatility for conventional forest product raw materials is reduced for products moving under supply agreements, in reference to data from 11 Southern states. Abstract/Conclusions: The project found advantages to both supplier and consumer in adopting a system of supply agreements, as opposed…
Virginia Tech has completed a project for WSRI that considers the the application of Lean Thinking principles to the wood supply value chain.  Lean has been broadly applied to supply chains within a broad range of manufacturing settings but there is little documentation of it being applied to wood supply.  Their report explains Lean concepts…
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