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HCR Estimator 2.0: Software to Calculate Cost and Revenue Thresholds for Harvesting Small-Diameter Ponderosa Pine

Becker, Dennis R.; Larson, Debra; Lowell, Eini C.; Rummer, Robert, B. 2007. User guide HCR Estimator 2.0: software to calculate cost and revenue thresholds for harvesting small-diameter ponderosa pine. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-748. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.


The HCR (Harvest Cost-Revenue) Estimator is engineering and financial analysis software used to evaluate stand-level financial thresholds for harvesting small-diameter ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Dougl. ex Laws) in the Southwest United States. The Windows-based program helps contractors and planners to identify cost associated with tree selection, residual handling, transportation of raw materials, and equipment used. Costs are compared against total financial return for regionally based market opportunities to arrive at potential net profit. Information is used to identify per-acre cost thresholds, for contract appraisal , and for prioritizing project planning for wildfire fuel reduction treatments and forest restoration efforts.


System requirements | Installation instructions | User guide | Software disclaimer



Down arrow.Dowloand and Install HCR Estimator 2.0

(1.55 MB zip file)


System requirements

The HCR Estimator has been programmed using Visual Basic® software allowing for use on most Windows-based operating systems. System requirements include 12 MB of hard-drive space and installation of an updated .NET Framework, which exists on most new computers. An updated version of the .NET Framework is available upon installation of the program.


Installation instructions

To install the latest version of the software, download program files in the companion zip file. Once all program files have been downloaded to a desired location, unzip the file to locate the following three files:

  1. Install HCR Estimator.msi
  2. Setup.exe
  3. Sample Data Input.hcr

To install the program on your computer, open “Install HCR Estimator.msi” to initiate Windows Installer and installation Wizard. Follow the instructions in the Wizard. In some cases, it may be necessary to first update your operating system to the latest .NET Framework, which you will be prompted to do in the event you have an older version. To begin using the HCR Estimator, open from the Start menu or HCR Estimator icon on your desktop.

Please send all questions and comments to: HCR Estimator Technical Assistance


Software Disclaimer

The HCR Estimator software is in the public domain. The recipient may neither assert propriety rights thereto nor represent them to anyone as other than government-produced programs. The use of trade or firm names in this publication and in the software is for the information of the reader. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of any product or service to the exclusion of others that may be suitable.

The software was developed for ponderosa pine in the southwest United States. Application for other tree species is not valid. In other regions of the country, ponderosa pine may be subject to different growing conditions, which may influence equipment productivity and volume recovery of solid wood and biomass material from individual trees.

The HCR Estimator is a decision-support tool to assist users in making choices regarding in-woods tree selection, equipment optimization, and market selection. Because it is not possible to include the full range of harvesting options and market scenarios available, users must exercise discretion when comparing outputs and evaluating project costs. The HCR Estimator is not to be used in lieu of sound business planning and a thorough financial analysis.



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