Calculating the correction factor of skidding distance based on forest road network

https://doi.org/10.17221/1/2011-JFSCitation:Lotfalian M., Zadeh E.H., Hosseini S.A. (2011): Calculating the correction factor of skidding distance based on forest road network. J. For. Sci., 57: 467-471.
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  Average skidding distance for forest stands is an important parameter for the determination of the optimum road density and spacing. In this research the real mean skidding distance and theoretical mean skidding distance were measured to calculate the correction factor of skidding distance for Chafrood forest in Hyrcanian zone. The length and azimuth of skid trails from road and depot junction to forest interior were measured. Moreover, the position of skid trail was recorded by GPS. These skid trails with a buffer of 140 m were designed on a topographical map using Arc GIS software. Results indicated that the road spacing of 500 m in the study area resulted in a theoretical mean skidding distance of 125 m. For a real mean skidding distance of 525.9 m and for the mean slope of 40%, the correction factor was estimated to be 4.2.
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