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Use of polyethylene chutes for skidding during conversion of oak coppice to high forest

Use of polyethylene chutes for skidding during conversion of oak coppice to high forest

Economia Montana Linea Ecologica 19(6): 54-56

In a coppice stand of predominantly Quercus cerris and Q. pubescens in Londa, Italy, with an average slope of 60%, an assessment was made of the costs and productivity of using polyethylene chutes for skidding. Stems were felled, cut into 1-m lengths, skidded along the chutes, then transported to the landing and stacked. The chutes were 24-138 m long at slopes between 30 and 40%, and were constructed from sections 4 m long, 11 mm thick and 450 mm in diam.

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