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International Journal of Forestry Research
Volume 2010, Article ID 183735, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/183735
Research Article

Long-Term Impact Evaluation of Ground-Base Skidding on Residual Damaged Trees in the Hyrcanian Forest, Iran

Department of Forestry, College of Natural Resources, Tarbiat Modares University, Noor 46417-76489, Mazandaran Province, Iran

Received 3 August 2010; Revised 10 October 2010; Accepted 28 November 2010

Academic Editor: Robert F. Powers

Copyright © 2010 Sattar Ezzati and Akbar Najafi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We investigated the long-term effects of ground-base skidding on residual damage severity on the healing of residual damaged trees in forests of northern Iran twenty-years post logging operation. Characteristics examined included wound size, location, severity, height from ground level, number of wound on the damaged tree stems, and distance of damaged tree from centerline of the skid trail on a 8-meter distance alongside the abandonment skid trail. There were some crucial changes in the characteristics of the wounds on the damaged trees stems, which have been investigated on the high traffic intensity and the low traffic intensity. Results showed that an average amount of damaged trees alongside skid trails, which were 100% inventoried, were 18.83%. Results also confirmed that based on the available measurements of a twenty year period, it is too early to make any definite conclusion about how long it will take for occlusion of wounds on tree stems to fully heal from timber operations.