US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • US Forest Service Research & Development
  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Dana Mitchell

Project Leader, Acting
521 Devall Drive
Auburn, AL 36849-5418
Phone: 334-826-8700 x23
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Current Research

Biomass harvesting, collection and storage are the main focus of my current research. One study involves a modification to a commercially available bundling machine to potentially reduce the processing costs of collecting logging residues that are concentrated on logging ramps. The results of this study include production rates, costs, and work site equipment arrangements. Some of the bundles produced during the study are being measured and sampled over time to determine the changes that occur during field storage conditions. Other studies in this research area include system performance for various biomass harvesting operations. Although forest residues and understory vegetation are some of the typical sources for biomass, my studies are broadening to include harvest systems for short rotation woody crops. I also study the use of extended working hours in logging operations to evaluate production rates and impacts on forest workers.


  • Auburn University, Ph.D. Forestry,
  • Oregon State University, M.F. Forest Engineering,
  • Washington State University, B.S. Forest Management,

Professional Organizations

  • Council of Forest Engineering, Member (1994 - Current)
    Attend meetings, moderate sessions, and present current research findings. Assisted in compiling the proceedings papers from the 2010 Annual Meeting.
  • American Society of Agricultural Engineers, Various Positions (2005 - 2010)
    T-12 (Forest Engineering) Committee member, Past Secretary, Past Chairperson.

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Last updated on : 08/15/2014