Characteristics of Logging Businesses across Virginia’s Diverse Physiographic Regions

dc.contributor.authorBarrett, Scott M.en
dc.contributor.authorBolding, M. Chaden
dc.contributor.authorMunsell, John F.en
dc.contributor.departmentForest Resources and Environmental Conservationen
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-25T16:53:43Zen
dc.date.available2018-01-25T16:53:43Zen
dc.date.issued2017-11-28en
dc.date.updated2018-01-24T21:03:40Zen
dc.description.abstractLogging businesses play an important role in implementing forest management plans and delivering the raw material needed by forest products mills. Understanding the characteristics of the logging workforce can help forest managers make better decisions related to harvesting operations. We surveyed logging business owners across Virginia’s three physiographic regions (Mountains, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain). Overall, logging businesses reported an average production rate of 761.37 t/business/week, but this varied substantially by region, with the highest production rates in the Coastal Plain (1403.55 t/business/week), followed by the Piedmont (824.69 t/business/week) and the Mountains (245.42 t/business/week). Many operations in the Mountains rely primarily on manual felling (66.6% of respondents) and these operations often have lower production rates. Across all regions, 81.7% of reported production came from operations that primarily utilized rubber-tired feller-bunchers for felling. Logging businesses were sorted based on reported production capacity and then divided into three groups (high, medium, and low production) based on total reported production. Across all regions, the majority of reported production was produced by the high production logging businesses. This was highest in the Piedmont, where the high production businesses accounted for 74.8% of total reported production.en
dc.description.versionPublished versionen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.citationBarrett, S.M.; Bolding, M.C.; Munsell, J.F. Characteristics of Logging Businesses across Virginia’s Diverse Physiographic Regions. Forests 2017, 8, 468.en
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.3390/f8120468en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/81920en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMDPIen
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution 4.0 Internationalen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subjectlogging businessen
dc.subjectwoody biomassen
dc.subjectforest harvestingen
dc.titleCharacteristics of Logging Businesses across Virginia’s Diverse Physiographic Regionsen
dc.title.serialForestsen
dc.typeArticle - Refereeden
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten
Files
Original bundle
Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
Loading...
Thumbnail Image
Name:
forests-08-00468.pdf
Size:
1.75 MB
Format:
Adobe Portable Document Format
License bundle
Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
Name:
license.txt
Size:
1.5 KB
Format:
Item-specific license agreed upon to submission
Description: