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Wood Harvesting

The Wood Harvesting Module provides guidance to forest managers on best practices in wood harvesting. It addresses the main aspects of harvesting operations, including planning, road construction, felling, extraction, transport and post-harvest assessment.

The module provides basic and more detailed information on wood harvesting, as well as links to wood harvesting tools and case studies of effective harvesting.

 

This case study is one of a series of publications produced by the Forest Products Service of FAO in an effort to promote environmentally sound forest harvesting and engineering practices. The purpose of these studies is to highlight both the promise of environmentally sound forest harvesting technologies as a component...
The Code contains practices and sets standards, which have been developed based on ongoing research and practical experience locally and abroad over a period of eight years. The Code provides guidelines and standards that, if followed, will allow Guyana’s forests to be harvested with minimal adverse impact on the forest...
This case study is one of a series of publications produced by the Forest Harvesting, Trade and Marketing Branch of FAO in an effort to promote environmentally sound forest harvesting and engineering practices. The purpose of these studies is to highlight both the promise of environmentally sound forest harvesting technologies as...
This study forms part of a series initiated by the Forest Harvesting and Transport Branch, FAO, Rome, to assist developing countries in promoting forest harvesting systems, techniques and methods that are simultaneously user- and environmentally-friendly _ enhancing productivity, reducing wood waste and looking at the totality of forest-related activities in...
The principal objective of this case study is to document the progress of regeneration in two forest plots harvested under different schemes in 1996, four years prior to this investigation. A secondary objective is to describe the recent evolution of environmentally sound forest harvesting as practiced by Precious Woods Amazon...
The study was carried out in the tropical natural forest of the Amazon near Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Precious Woods Company Ltd. initiated the project to demonstrate the economic viability of sustainable forest management integrated with a wood-processing industry. This, as an alternative to the timber exploitation usually carried out in...
The document develops a regional Code of Practice for Forest Harvesting in Asia-Pacific. This Code has been developed with input from many stakeholders in the region and is intended to identify and encourage environmentally sound forest harvesting practices throughout the region. It has been developed specifically to provide a basis...
This field guide in RIL in Cambodia is a compilation of lectures notes, experience gained and lesson learned in the practice of sustainable forest management in the country. This guide is aimed at providing foresters, forest technicians and forest managers in the Government and private sectors – particularly those working...
This field guide has been prepared to assist forest practice operators to implement the Code Applying to a Native Forest Practice on Freehold Land (‘the code’). It does not replace the code, and operators should read the code (Appendix 1) to ensure that they are conducting...
Fiji is endowed with extensive forest resources that provide important environmental, social and economic benefits to its people. The wise use of these resources is essential if their multiple values are to be maintained for the benefit of future generations. Forest harvesting can generate many economic and social benefits. However, poor...
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