Trent, Andy ; Throop, Wes ; Harding, Chuck . 2010. Skid Steer Torch Developed To Burn Juniper. 1024 2313P. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center. 4 p.
The rapid invasion of juniper trees on the Klamath National Forest poses a threat to the natural regeneration of ponderosa pine and other species of pine. Cutting the trees down is costly and time consuming. It would be easier to burn the trees during winter when they have dried out. The Missoula Technology and Development Center developed a skid steer torch, a ground ignition device used for prescribed burning. Although the skid steer torch is configured for the ASV Posi-Track Compact Track Loader, it is mounted on a standard skid steer universal attachment plate that can be used with other skid steers. The torch sprays a controlled stream of ignited diesel-gasoline fuel at juniper trees or other vegetation that is being burned.
Keywords: ASV Posi-Track, controlled burning, ground ignition, invasive species, juniper, prescribed burning, safety at work, torches
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