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Planning logging: two case studies on the Queen Charlotte Islands, B.C.

Author(s) or contact(s): E.A. Sauder and G.V. Wellburn
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Erosion, Mass Wasting and Landslides
Series: Land Management Report
Other details:  Published 1989. Hardcopy is available.
 

Abstract

This report discusses the process of planning logging operations on steep, unstable terrain on the Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia. The report describes the current logging planning process, its data requirements and methods of data collection, and the results of a series of alternative logging plans prepared to minimize the potential for logging-accelerated mass wasting. Recommendations are also made for improving the planning process through the amount and quality of data required, evaluating alternative plans, and logging-system selection.

Intensive ground mapping on two watersheds provided data for the preparation of detailed logging plans. The logging plans involved various combinations of equipment, including equipment that was in common use at the time (highlead, mobile yarding crane, and grapple), equipment that was less common (tower skyline), and equipment not yet available (helicopter).

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Updated November 28, 2008