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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Supplier-Consumer Relations Study

(Don Taylor, Sustainable Resource Systems LLC) The project collected data through personal and confidential face-to-face interviews with both wood supply contractors and wood procurement personnel participants, region-by-region, to identify factors that cause relationships to break down, including underlying causes. The study identified best practices that materially improve these business relationships. These interviews also collected and…

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An Analysis of Price Volatility for Wood Products Sold Under Supply Agreement Versus Wood Products Sold on the Open Market

(Pete Stewart & Suzanne Hearn, Forest2Market) The Project examined the hypothesis that price volatility for conventional forest product raw materials is reduced for products moving under supply agreements, in reference to data from 11 Southern states. Abstract/Conclusions: The project found advantages to both supplier and consumer in adopting a system of supply agreements, as opposed…

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Biomass Resource Availability Assessment

(Amanda Lang & Brooks Mendell, Forisk Consulting) The results of Forisk’s Woody Biomass Harvesting Sustainability Study includes statistical details on woody biomass supply and demand, and a screening method to project expected viability of announced bio-energy projects. Abstract/Conclusions: The U.S. grows more than enough wood to supply both known wood bio-energy projects and the current…

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Logging Cost Indices

(Dr. William Stuart and Dr. Laura Grace) Develop Logging Cost indices for six forested regions in the United States. Key cost elements of the wood supply chain will be tracked and trend lines established. Summarization of cost trends into five quarterly “Logging Cost Indices” reports. (Ongoing project.) KEY FINDINGS: See FRA Technical Release 04-R-25 Logging Cost Indices…

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Integrating Large-Scale Biomass Harvesting into the U.S. Wood Supply System

(Dr. Dale Greene, University of Georgia) This project assesses the state of biomass harvesting, collection, and transportation technology in use across FRA’s geographic regions of the United States. It includes statistics comparing regional operations as well as anecdotal observations obtained from field visits to biomass harvesting operations. KEY FINDINGS: See Forest Operations Review Vol. 13, #1…

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Cost of Log Sorts

(Dr. Dale Greene et al., University of Georgia) Determine what log sorting at the stump entails and establish standard cost baselines for typical longwood and cut-to-length systems. Describe and estimate costs associated with additional sorting to provide guidelines for use during price negotiations. KEY FINDINGS: See FRA Technical Release 10-R-8 Product Sorting Impacts on Harvesting Production and…

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Logging Capacity Survey: 2008 Update

(Don Taylor, Sustainable Resource Systems LLC, with data from the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement and Lupold Consulting) Continuation of previous Capacity Survey, extending data collected forward through 2007 with improved sampling and enhanced data collection methodology. The Report evaluates the logging capacity available to supply U.S. forest-based industries in selected states, accounting…

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Double Shifting on Southern Harvesting Operations

(Dr. Tom Gallagher, Auburn University; and Dana Mitchell, USFS Southern Research Station) Research ways that U.S. loggers have successfully implemented more than one shift per day and make recommendations for expanding the use of these multi-shift operations to improve harvesting efficiency on other logging operations. KEY FINDINGS: See FRA Technical Release 10-R-20 Extended Working Hours: Impacts on…

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