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Development of a protocol for ecoefficient wood harvesting on sensitive sites

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-00991
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-01-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 1,764,639 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,276,376 EUR
Scientific Officer: Alexandros ARABATZIS
Research topic: 5.3.2. Strategies for the sustainable and multipurpose utilisation of forest resources; the forestry-wood chain

Abstract:
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.

Objectives:
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.


Coordinator
Shane WARD
University College Dublin (Forest Engineering Unit)
Dublin
IRELAND
Tel.: +353 1 7167351
Fax: +353 1 4752119
E-mail: shane.ward@ucd.ie


Partners
  Julio MOLANO
Servicios Forestales S.L.
Sevilla
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 95 4990234
Fax: +34 95 4990003
E-mail: jmol@iies.es
  Raffaele SPINELLI
CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche)
Firenze
ITALY
Tel.: +39 055661886
Fax: +39 055670624
E-mail: spinelli@mailbox.irl.fi.cnr.it
  Rihko HAARLAA
University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Resource Management
University
FINLAND
Tel.: +358 9 1911
Fax: +358 9 19123077
E-mail: Rihko.Haarlaa@helsinki.fi
  John LYONS
Coillte Teo. (Irish Forestry Board)
Cork
IRELAND
Tel.: +353 21 4964366
Fax: +353 21 4964072
E-mail: Lyonsjm@eircom.net
  Antti PELTOLA
Plustech Oy / A John Deere Company
Tampere
FINLAND
Tel.: +358 205 8046816
Fax: +358 205 8046849
E-mail: Antti.Peltola@fi.timberjack.com