Canadian Forest Service Publications

The Alberta Logging Cost Survey: data for 1996-1998. 2002. Kuhnke, D.H.; White, W.A.; Bohning, R.A. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Information Report NOR-X-375. 74 p.

Year: 2002

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 21258

Language: English

Series: Information Report (NoFC - Edmonton)

Availability: Order paper copy (free), PDF (download)

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A logging cost survey was conducted in Alberta in 1997 and 1998. The two objectives of the survey were to determine the average cost of logging in Alberta and to develop models for predicting logging productivity on the basis of forest and logging characteristics. The survey gathered information on timber harvest, characteristics of harvested areas, machine productivity, and fixed and variable costs on 239 pieces of logging and road-building machinery covering all phases of logging operations. Twenty-nine firms responded to the survey, and together they harvested 5.2 million m3 of timber over an area of almost 25 000 ha. The average cost of logging in Alberta was $14/m3. The average productivity for the felling, skidding, and processing phases was 39.1, 34.0, and 27.6 m3/productive machine hour, respectively.