Sorting and arranging forest residues
Humboldt State University completed its first stage for Subtask 1.1 — Sorting and arranging forest residues in July 2014. Three field-based treatments were carried out for sorting the forest residues (no sorting, moderate sorting, and intensive sorting) in three different harvest units on industrial timberland in Korbel, California.
Treatment for sorting study started right from the felling. The feller buncher separated the biomass trees (below 8 inch diameter and non-merchantable species) from the sawlog trees, as opposed to the usual practice of bunching them together or using the forest residues as “slash mats.” This research aimed to develop new strategies and methods for sorting and arranging forest residues resulting from harvest and fuel reduction thinning operations.
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