Reduced planting cost - a prescribed fire benefit
Document Type: Book
Author(s): A. H. Vyse; S. J. Muraro
Publication Year: 1973

Cataloging Information

  • Abies balsamea
  • Canada
  • coastal forests
  • Cupressaceae
  • forest management
  • logging
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • slash
  • statistical analysis
  • Thuja plicata
  • trees
  • Tsuga heterophylla
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Record Last Modified: July 12, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 38623
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13231
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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The effect of broadcast slash burning on the cost of planting a recently logged area of over—mature coastal hemlock—balsam—cedar forest was examined. Planting output and costs were measured before and after burning the same area. Three planting methods were used: bareroot/mattock; styroplug/dibble; bullet/gun. Poor spacing control in the preburn phase of the study confounded cost per acre measurements. The output results, measured in trees planted per minute, were used to calculate costs on the basis of a constant stocking (450 trees/acre) and a cost per man of $40/day. Bullet planting was the most productive and therefore the cheapest method before and after burning, closely followed by styroplug planting. Projected cost savings due to burning were substantially greater for bareroot planting ($30/acre) than for either method of container planting ($9/acre).

Vyse, A. H., and S. J. Muraro. 1973. Reduced planting cost - a prescribed fire benefit. Information Report BC-X-84. Victoria, British Columbia, Canadian Forestry Service.