FRST 3073: Forest Harvesting

Students consider the engineering, economic, and environmental factors associated with transportation and harvesting systems used in integrated forest resource management. These include forest road design and location; geotechnical engineering, and drainage; harvest planning, locating, and scheduling; and an international perspective on logging systems and their application in meeting silvicultural objectives.

Learning outcomes

  • An understanding of appropriate harvesting systems for a range of silivicutlture systems and site conditions.
  • A sufficient understanding of the engineering, environmental, and economic implications of harvesting systems to communicate and work with specialists in forest harvesting.
  • The ability to understand, produce, and implement integrated resource mangement plans.
  • A clear understanding of their professional competence and limitations within Forest Harvesting.,

Course topics

  • Lesson 1: The History and Role of Harvesting in Forest Management
  • Lesson 2: Integrated Resource Management Plans (IRMP's)
  • Lesson 3: Road Design, Location, & Development Patterns
  • Lesson 4: Terrain Analysis & Slope Stability
  • Lesson 5: Road Construction, Maintenance, & Deactivation
  • Lesson 6: Road Drainage, Design, & Maintenance
  • Lesson 7: Harvesting Systems & Equipment
  • Lesson 8: Cable Mechanics
  • Lesson 9: Phases of Harvesting
  • Lesson 10: Harvesting Productivity
  • Lesson 11: Economics of Recovery
  • Lesson 12: Cost of Production
  • Lesson 13: Constraints & Techniques Used in Harvest Unit Design & Location
  • Lesson 14: Maximizing the Value of the Timber Harvested
  • Lesson 15: Professional Responsibilities

Required text and materials

The following material is required for this course:

  1. Forest Engineering Technology Program. (1996). Introduction to forest harvesting methods. Vancouver, BC: BCIT.

Additional requirements

Access to transportation as students are required to visit an active logging operation in their area.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, students are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher in the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Exam.

Assignment 1 7.5%
Assignment 2 7.5%
Assignment 3 7.5%
Assignment 4 12.5%
Assignment 5 15%
Final Exam (mandatory) 50%
Total Course 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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