Impact of skidder and high-lead system logging on forest soils and advanced regeneration
M. Modrý, D. Hubenýhttps://doi.org/10.17221/4701-JFSCitation:Modrý M., Hubený D. (2003): Impact of skidder and high-lead system logging on forest soils and advanced regeneration. J. For. Sci., 49: 273-280.
The applied skidding technology strongly influences the impact of harvest on the ecosystem and success of natural regeneration. The impact of skidder SLKT 81 and high-lead system Larix 3T on forest soil and natural regeneration was compared under analogical site and stand conditions in a production beech forest in the environs of Brno, Czech Republic. The skidder was found to have greater effects on the soil surface consistency, soil properties and natural regeneration than the high-lead system operations. Although high-lead system operations are more friendly to all parts of forest ecosystem, the skidder may not cause excessive damage when applied under suitable terrain and climatic conditions.Keywords:
high-lead system; skidder; forest soil; natural regeneration; disturbance; harvest technology