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Mechanization in firewood harvesting in southern Italy

Author(s): Verani S | Sperandio G

Journal: Forest@
ISSN 1824-0119

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 233;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Forest | Coppice | Firewood | Harvesting | Mechanization | Southern Italy.

The aim of this research was to survey current mechanization level of coppice harvesting in Southern Italy. The cooperation of the General Direction of the National Forest Service (NFS) has been a basic tool of survey. A questionnaire compiled on purpose was sent to each Forest Station (hereinafter referred to as CS) in the following regions: Basilicata, Campania and Calabria. A high percentage (80%) of the CSs did fulfill the questionnaire. The answers highlight that: i) the main assortment currently produced is firewood; ii) the level of harvesting mechanization is rather low, equipment being quite obsolete: indeed, the most widely used machineries are farm tractors partly adapted to forest harvesting and equipped with cages or back winch; iii) the use of animals for hauling (mules and oxen, the latter in Calabria) is still quite frequent, while forest tractors, polyethylene chutes and cable cranes are almost absent; iv) the use of individual protection (DPI) and machinery protection devices (DPM) is on average quite low.
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