In 1994, International Forest Products Limited (Interfor) approached FERIC to examine the feasibility of delivering long logs to the sortyard for further manufacture. FERIC conducted a field study at Interfor's Cleagh Creek Division. This report compares the productivities, costs, volumes, and recovered values of harvesting and delivering conventional-length and long logs to the sortyard.
FERIC conducted debarking and chipping trials with several forest companies in British Columbia and Alberta. Small-diameter trees, tops, wood slabs, and wood waste were processed into chips using various machine, and the productivities and costs were compared. The quality of chips produced from each of the machines was determined.