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 and—potentially—aggregating data from cooperating loggers in U.S. regions beyond the South.

KEY FINDINGS: Summary of Project in FRA’s two-page Technical Release 13-R-16; 39-page final report, published May 5, 2013, is available at this link.