Forest machinery interacts considerably with the environment, hence inappropriate selection and operation of harvesters and forwarders can have major negative environmental impacts. Harvesting conditions vary considerably across Europe, from the wet peat-based soils of Ireland and Scotland, to the steep escarpments of northern Italy and the frozen soils of Fennoscandia. Many of these sites may be classified as “sensitive” and there is a need to develop appropriate mechanisation systems for them. By selecting and using forestry machinery in an integrated manner, the negative environmental consequences of wood harvesting and extraction/delivery processes can be minimised. Designers and manufacturers of such machinery also need to be fully aware of the potential environmental consequences of inappropriate machine design, selection and operation on such sites.
This project will develop a protocol for ecoefficient wood harvesting on sensitive sites. The protocol, which will be in the form of guidelines/rules (with appropriate software back up), will enable the machinery to be matched to the site and ensure that all the stages in the wood chain are integrated. The development of this protocol is of major economic and environmental significance to the European forestry industry, particularly at regional levels.
To develop a protocol for ecoefficient wood harvesting on sensitive sites that matches the machines to the sites and integrates the stages in the wood chain from cutting the trees to their extraction from the forest. The protocol will be in the form of guidelines/rules (with supporting software for certain elements in the chain) that optimise the selection, operation and use of the various machines involved and that can be applied across the range of sensitive sites existing in Europe. The aim is to use this to achieve cost-effective ecoefficient operations which, at the same time, are ergonomically and socially sound.
University College Dublin (Forest Engineering Unit)
+353 1 7167351
+353 1 4752119
Servicios Forestales S.L.
Tel.: +34 95 4990234
Fax: +34 95 4990003
CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche)
Tel.: +39 055661886
Fax: +39 055670624
University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Resource Management
Tel.: +358 9 1911
Fax: +358 9 19123077
Coillte Teo. (Irish Forestry Board)
Tel.: +353 21 4964366
Fax: +353 21 4964072
Plustech Oy / A John Deere Company
Tel.: +358 205 8046816
Fax: +358 205 8046849