Forest Practices Branch

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Harvesting systems and equipment in British Columbia

Editor(s): A.J. MacDonald
Source: Forest Practices Branch
Subject: Equipment
Series: Silviculture
Other details:  Published 1999. Hardcopy is available.


This handbook describes the various types of equipment and systems used for harvesting timber in British Columbia. Falling, primary transport (ground, cable, and aerial), processing, and loading phases are described in terms of common and distinguishing features and their relationship to operational and environmental considerations. The handbook also discusses the effects of operating techniques, site characteristics, and external requirements from the same operational and environmental perspectives.

Primary operating conditions for the various machine types are outlined in summary tables. a series of flowcharts based on a risk-analysis system is used to rank the probability of conducting successful operations with different equipment on various sites.

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Updated November 14, 2008