Semi-mechanized harvesting has lowest environmental impact in a comparison of harvesting systems

In a study at the Professorship of Forest Operations—which has now been published in the Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering—it has been found that semi-mechanized logging (harvester operation as well as motor-manual pre-felling) has a lower environmental impact than fully-mechanized or entirely motor-manual logging under certain conditions within the system boundaries defined. This could be observed both with the data from three harvesting trials as well as in a projection over one rotation period.

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