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.

Assessments

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 exams@tru.ca 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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