Rummer, Bob ; Groenier, James Scott. 2008. Tests of Biomass Removal Using Lightweight Portable Conveyors. 0851 2809. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center. 15 p.
This report describes tests using portable conveyors to haul slash and chips from an area that had been thinned to reduce hazardous fuels. The tests were conducted in the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit where management focuses on maintaining the water quality of Lake Tahoe. Standard practices call for slash to be piled by hand and for the piles to be burned. Tests conducted over 2 days showed the technical feasibility of moving at least 7 green tons of wood chips per hour. The conveyors tested would have to be modified to move slash reliably.
Keywords: cost effectiveness, demonstrations, erosion control, fuel reduction, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, slash removal, thinning, water quality
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