A Lean Logistics Framework: Applications in the Wood Fiber Supply Process

Virginia Tech has completed a project for WSRI that considers the the application of Lean Thinking principles to the wood supply value chain.  Lean has been broadly applied to supply chains within a broad range of manufacturing settings but there is little documentation of it being applied to wood supply.  Their report explains Lean concepts…

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Compensation Indices for Logging and Trucking Occupations

(Shawn Baker and Brooks Mendell, Forisk Consulting) In response to concerns about the sustainability of logging production and the trucking workforce, the Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) commissioned research into the compensation for logging occupations compared to occupations competing for the same employee pools. This report investigates logging employee wages and benefits in four U.S.…

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Regional Cost Analysis and Indices for Conventional Timber Harvesting Operations

(Shawn Baker, Dale Greene, Tom Harris, and Richard Mei, Center for Forest Business, University of Georgia) The research team developed and implemented a logging cost index methodology to extend forward in time the trend lines established in the well-known logging cost index project based at Mississippi State University, but informed by more frequent data-gathering intervals…

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Verification of the Southern Logging Cost Index

(Dr. Dale Greene and Dr. Shawn Baker, University of Georgia) With the University of Georgia’s Southern Logging Cost Index now being reported quarterly in Timber Mart-South, this Project concluded that the Index appears to be a reasonably accurate measure of input cost changes and that production variability is still a major driver of cost changes…

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Factors That Affect Fuel Consumption and Harvesting Cost

(Dr. Tom Gallagher, Auburn University) Project funded jointly by WSRI and the National Council on Air and Stream Improvement documents machine productivity and fuel consumption across a range of conditions and types of equipment to determine what variables impact the level of fuel consumption. KEY FINDINGS: Presentation and FRA Technical Release 15-R-23 summarize fuel consumption data gathered from felling,…

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Reforestation in the U.S.: Trends and Implications

(Brooks Mendell and Amanda Lang, Forisk Consulting) Forisk’s study quantified reforestation trends in the U.S. over the past ten to twenty years and assessed the potential effects of the U.S. reforestation rates on timber availability and wood biomass supplies. Abstract/Conclusions: The decline in tree planting acreage in the South in recent years is partially due…

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Wood Supply Chain Analysis: Special Market Analysis Study

(Peter Barynin, RISI; Don Taylor, Sustainable Resource Systems LLC) The project evaluates the current harvesting capacity for four U.S. regions, estimates roundwood demand, and quantifies supply chain capabilities to meet that demand, in view of loggers’ ability and willingness to invest in capacity expansion, with recommendations to overcome identified obstacles. KEY FINDINGS: Summary of findings in…

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