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SAWING STUDY OF PLANTATION GROWN AFRICAN MAHOGANY LOGS

A sawing study was undertaken on small diameter, young logs from a plantation in tropical Queensland.  The company managing the trees were seeking to evaluate the potential economic return from salvaging and processing the trees removed in thinning, as compared to falling the trees to waste.  For this they needed a reliable estimate of the likely recovery rates from logs of various sizes, which in turn would be used to estimate the likely volume per hectare of wood.

Forsite Forestry assembled a small team of professionals to undertake field inventory of the plantation, and used the results to select trees which were representative of those which would be selected for thinning.  These trees were then measured, assessed for form and photographed while still standing, then re-measured after harvesting to determine log volume.

African Mahogany sawing study in Tropical Queensland

The logs were then transported to a local sawmill, where the recovery was tracked on an individual log basis, to construct a matrix of recovery rates for logs of different dimensions.  This information was then provided to the client who was able to determine the tipping point at which the costs of salvaging exceeded the potential sales revenue.  A summary report was prepared with input from wood science experts which identified the opportunities for improving recovery rates.

This project provides an example of project management by Forsite Forestry, designing the study in consultation with the client, collecting the required data and reporting back to the client in a timely fashion.  This required a substantial degree of co-ordination, given the diverse range of sub-contractors involved in field inventory, harvesting and transport, sawmilling and reporting.

Forsite Forestry assembled a small team of professionals to undertake field inventory of the plantation, and used the results to select trees which were representative of those which would be selected for thinning.  These trees were then measured, assessed for form and photographed while still standing, then re-measured after harvesting to determine log volume.

Queensland African mahogany sawing study