FOREST ECONOMICS

Logging & Hauling Cost Studies

Forest managers are constantly faced with the need to reliably estimate harvest costs. Because of the inherently variable conditions under which logging occurs, estimating costs inexpensively is challenging. Yet costs estimates for timber harvest are especially important as new treatments aimed at ecosystem restoration are developed. The Bureau conducts surveys on logging and hauling costs during alternate years to help managers develop cost estimates for various scenarios. Below are posters which summarize the finding of these surveys:





The BBER has also published its findings in the following journal articles:

  • Keegan, C.E., M.J. Niccolucci, C.E. Fiedler, G.J. Jones, and R.W. Regel. 2002. Harvest Cost Collection Approaches and Assorted Equations for Restoration Treatments on National Forests. Forest Products Journal 52(7/8):96-99.

  • Keegan, C.E., C.E. Fiedler, and D.P. Wichman. 1995. Costs Associated With Harvest Activities for Major Harvest Systems in Montana. Forest Products Journal 45(7/8):78-82.

  • Keegan, C.E., C.E. Fiedler, and F.J. Stewart. 1995. Costs of timber harvest under traditional and 'New Forestry' silvicultural prescriptions. Western Journal of Applied Forestry 10(1):36-42.