Because of the species diversity, varied site
conditions and growth rates, it is really
challenging to manage the central Appalachian
hardwoods. Examining the harvesting techniques and
interactions among stands, harvests, and machines is
becoming a concern to the researchers in the region.
This book, therefore, provides a modeling and
simulation approach to aid these efforts by
estimating the productivity, cost, and traffic
intensity of different harvesting configurations
under a variety of harvesting prescriptions and
stand conditions. A three-dimensional stand
generator was described in the book, which can be
used to visualize the stand structure and
composition of hardwood stands and perform dynamic
analyses of various management prescriptions.
Algorithms for felling and skidding operations were
modeled mathematically. Three commonly used
harvesting systems were modeled and simulated on
five generated stands of different ages in the book.
Five harvest methods were examined. This book will
be of interest to loggers, landowner, forest
managers, and students and researchers in forest
operations and timber harvesting.
Yaoxiang Li received her Ph.D. in Forest Resource Science
from West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA (2005). She
worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at West Virginia
University from 2005 to 2006. She is currently an associated
professor of Forest Engineering, Northeast Forestry University,