|Sponsor:||Manning Diversified Forest|
The primary goal of of this Study was to assess the soil compaction/damage risks associated with winter harvesting and develop preventative measures to alleviate or reduce its impact.
Study objectives included quantifying soil compaction by skidder traffic during winter operations as a function of freezing depth and water content in the unfrozen layer; determining the efficiency of snow compression to minimize soil disturbance during winter harvesting; and to validate a computer simulation model of soil freezing as a decision support tool.
Field work, data collection/analysis/report writing was carried over the period October 2000 to March 2002.
Project results are contained in a twenty-three page report entitled "Evaluation of Winter Harvesting Impacts in Boreal Forests – Phase 1", written by Andrei Startsev & Ken Greenway, and dated March 2002.
Additional deliverables include "Soil Conservation Guidelines for Winter Operations"; and two draft scientific manuscripts: entitled "Soil Compaction During Winter Harvesting", and "Use of SHAW Model to Predict Soil Freezing During Harvesting Operations".
Soil Damage Impacts
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