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Soil disturbances are unavoidable in ground-based skidding operations and it is well-known that the extent and severity of disturbances increase with increasing traffic frequency of harvesting equipment and soil conditions (e.g. soil moisture at the time of harvesting). It is unclear, however,...
Forest biomass (FB) is widely used overseas as an industrial energy source, particularly in Europe, but is currently little used in Australia. Typical attributes of FB disadvantage it as a fuel relative to traditional energy sources: high moisture content, low bulk density, spatial and temporal...
In Southeast Asia, smallholder tree-farmers make a substantial contribution to supplies of commercial wood. It is likely this will continue, largely because in these crowded rural landscapes there is limited potential for establishing large contiguous commercial plantations. There is a critical...
Many of the hazards in forestry are due to the handling of large trees and large machinery in rough terrain and remote areas. Activities such as maintenance and repair work have been identified as especially hazardous in the highly mechanised cut-to-length method. Accidents are under-reported,...
Frost damage is the most important abiotic risk in Acacia mearnsii (black wattle) plantations in South Africa. Current A. mearnsii planting stock cannot tolerate temperatures below −4°C, and therefore there is an urgent need to develop frost-tolerant seed. This study investigated the frost...
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