The study reported here had two objectives: (1) examine the feasibility of using inexpensive skidding equipment in a small-stem lodgepole pine stand in western Montana, and (2) determine forest residues volumes (unused wood) resulting from different ground skidding methods and utilization standards. Preharvest volumes, volumes removed, residues left on the ground, and unusable material hauled from the site were determined for various utilization standards. The efficiency of skidding with a horse, small tractor, and small rubber-tired skidder were compared.
United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, "Low-Cost Harvesting Systems for Intensive Utilization in Small-Stem Lodgepole Pine Stands" (1978). Forestry. Paper 5.