Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2021

Semester of Degree

May

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Forest and Natural Resources Management

Department

Forest and Natural Resources Management

Major Professor

Rene Germain

Steering Committee Member

John Wagner

Steering Committee Member

Obste Therasme

Abstract

A beech bark disease remediation harvest producing clean chips and sawlogs was conducted in the Adirondack Park of New York. A cost analysis was conducted to assess the financial viability of the remediation prescription using high resolution data gathered from the logging company. This primary, site-specific data was also fed into an attributional life cycle assessment model to estimate the global warming potential of this method of raw materials extraction and delivery. The logging company produced a total profit of $5,965 despite the prescription requiring the feller-bunchers to spend 35% of their time on non-revenue-generating activity. The life cycle assessment model estimated 39.77 and 26.16 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent were emitted per metric tonne of clean chips and sawlogs, respectively. These case studies found this remediation technique economically viable enough for landowners to seriously consider its implementation, and that mechanized harvesting captures far more carbon than it emits.

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