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Assessment of timber extraction distance and skid road network in steep karst terrain

Andreja Duka (1)   , Stefano Grigolato (2), Ivica Papa (1), Tibor Pentek (1), Tomislav Poršinsky (1)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 10, Issue 6, Pages 886-894 (2017)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2471-010
Published: Nov 06, 2017 - Copyright © 2017 SISEF

Research Articles


This study aims to define a simple and effective method to calculate skidding distances on steep karst terrain, rich in ground obstacles (stoniness and rockiness) to support decision planning of secondary and primary forest infrastructure network for timber extraction in productive selective cut forests. Variations between geometrical extraction distances and actual distances were highlighted on the operational planning level (i.e., compartment level) through GIS-related calculation models, focusing on cable skidder timber extraction. Automation in defining geometrical and real extraction distances, as well as relative forest openness were achieved by geo-processing workflows in GIS environment. Due to variation of extraction correction factors at the compartment level from a minimum of 1.19 to a maximum of 5.05 in the same management unit, it can be concluded that planning harvesting operations (timber extraction) at operational level should not include the use of correction factors previously obtained for entire terrain (topographical) categories, sub-categories or even management units.

  Keywords


Real Extraction Distance, Steep Terrain, Skid Road Network, GIS Environment, Karst Terrain

Authors’ address

(1)
Andreja Duka
Ivica Papa
Tibor Pentek
Tomislav Poršinsky
Department of Forest Engineering, Faculty of Forestry, University of Zagreb, Svetošimunska 25, Zagreb (Croatia)
(2)
Stefano Grigolato
Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, University of Padova, v.le Dell’Università 16, Legnaro, PD (Italy)

Corresponding author

 
Andreja Duka
aduka@sumfak.hr

Citation

Duka A, Grigolato S, Papa I, Pentek T, Poršinsky T (2017). Assessment of timber extraction distance and skid road network in steep karst terrain. iForest 10: 886-894. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2471-010

Academic Editor

Rodolfo Picchio

Paper history

Received: Apr 24, 2017
Accepted: Aug 13, 2017

First online: Nov 06, 2017
Publication Date: Dec 31, 2017
Publication Time: 2.83 months

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