US Forest Service Woody Biomass Utilization
Boise National Forest
Idaho City, Idaho
The demonstration took place in ponderosa pine stands on four different project areas located near Idaho City, Idaho. Pine stands were pre-commercially and commercially thinned using hand falling and tractor yarding. Approximately 18 to 45 tons per acre of slash was bundled. Terrain included a range of slopes from 0 to 75%. Potential uses for bundles include energy, compost, fire restoration structures, post and poles, and livestock bedding.
The photos below display stands to be treated with the slash bundler, and slash bundles being forwarded to roadside loading locations. Slash bundles were generated from both piles and scattered slash on the ground.
This is an excellent tool to get slash out of the woods on normal tractor ground. It only makes sense if there is a market to which this material could be sold. Without this market, the opportunity cost of the operation would be too high.
The bundler did not work well or at all in older dried out slash. This is unfortunate due to the ease with which material could be moved and utilized.
This was a unique opportunity and was very educational regarding utilization. The lesson learned was if there is a market, more of this type of work could be accomplished.
US Forest Service
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