(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 for individual logging businesses. The Project:
- determines the characteristics of loggers in each region of the U.S.
- assesses the accuracy of on-line logging cost survey methods for logging contractors
- validates the UGA Logging Cost Index with contractor cost data