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3.06.00 - Forest operations in difficult terrain


Call for Articles

Forest Operations under Challenging Conditions: Operating, Environmental and Safety Constraints

Journal: Forests
Guest EditorsProf. Dr. Raffaele Cavalli, Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry TESAF, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
Dr. Andrew McEwan, Forestry and Wood Technology, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Forest operations often need to take place under specific demanding conditions, i.e., steep slopes, wet soils, rocky sites, biodiversity protection areas, touristic sites, etc. Operating under such conditions presents technology and management challenges. Harvesting machines and systems are subjected to harsher working conditions that affect machine reliability, resulting in mechanical breakdowns, and can also reduce machine productivity due to the need for slower operations when working e.g. on side slopes or down steep slopes.

Human manoeuvrability can also increase the safety risk and ground-based workers can struggle to carry out manual work safely. Environmental damage can also be a consequence, as harvesting machines can disturb soil, reduce vegetation and organic matter, determine loss of wildlife and biodiversity and of aesthetic and cultural values.

Therefore, the correct technology must be applied according to the specific site situation, and it needs to be operated according to good practice. This requires good planning as well as well trained and motivated employees. New technology can allow for forest operations to be cost effectively carried out under challenging conditions while also minimising environmental impacts and reducing safety risks.

Deadline: 30 November 2021


Mark your calendars for the virtual IECF 2020!

Forests for a Better Future: Sustainability, Innovation, Interdisciplinarity
Virtual Conference; 15-30 November 2020

Forests and forestry activities provide an opportunity to address the pressing challenge of climate change through sustainable production. Forests also play a strategic role in mitigating critical issues, including biodiversity conservation, water regulation, energy efficiency, pollution reduction and mitigation, production of raw biological materials, food safety, and human and ecosystem health and poverty.

The conference will discuss the state of the art of forestry operations, wood supply chains, and ecosystem services, and objectives for the future will be sought. Sharing and discussing the latest research findings with the global community of scientists in the field of forests is the central purpose of this virtual meeting.



Special Issue "Forest Operations in Environmentally Sensitive Areas"

Editors Raffaele Cavalli ( and Dalia Abbass ( invite submissions for a special issue of Forests on "Forest Operations in Environmentally Sensitive Areas".
Papers invited by the Editors can benefit from a 40% discount publication fee.
Submission deadline: 31 January 2020.


Best Management and Operating Practices for Steep Slope Machine Logging

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries in the frame of the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program has edited the Technical Report Number 98-01-2018 "Best Management and Operating Practices for Steep Slope Machine Logging"

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Interim best practice guideline: cable assisted steep slope harvesting

Hancock Forest Management has provided a guideline for cable-assist logging operarions, titled “Interim best practice guideline: cable assisted steep slope harvesting”

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