Traditional and advanced mechanization in poplar plantations: analysis of nine logging systems
Verani, S.; Sperandio, G.; Nervo, G.
IPC 23rd Session: Poplars, Willows and People's Wellbeing. Abstract of Submitted Papers. Beijing, China 27-30 October 2008
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The main objective of our work was to verify through technical and economic analysis the
sustainability of introducing advanced mechanization in poplar plantation logging in Italy. Nine
logging systems, with different levels of mechanization, were analysed and compared, taking into
account technical and economic parameters. From the economic point of view, the system with
advanced mechanization offered interesting profitability with 32.18% return on investment (ROI) for
an average capital investment of 370,000 €, while for the traditional logging system the ROI is 17.46%
for an average capital investment of 50,000 €.
From the technical point of view, 68 hectares per year were harvested using the advanced
system, while 17 hectares per year were harvested using the traditional system. The results hint at the
very high potential of advanced mechanization in the management of poplar plantations.