• Continuous Improvement in Logging 134 pages Steven Bick & Jeffrey G. Benjamin   This book is dedicated in memory of longtime Northern Logger Editor Eric A. Johnson.   This short book describes the widely used continuous improvement theory and process and how it relates to logging.   Continuous improvement, also knows as the Theory of Constraints, simplifies complicated processes and demonstrates how incremental progress is made by overcoming bottlenecks.  System bottlenecks specific to logging are explored and described.  Throughout, accounting is adapted to logging with straightforward calculations that show financial results for individual harvesting jobs.   Productivity is related to financial well being of a logging business.  Harvesting machine and system productivity tables are presented.   Table of Contents   Chapter 1: Continuous Improvement A successful theory is applied to logging   Chapter 2: Financial Measurements Throughput accounting simplifies measurement of success   Chapter 3: Bottlenecks in Logging Manage, overcome and exploit bottlenecks on the road to improvement   Chapter 4: Logging Productivity Productivity as a ratio of output to effort   Chapter 5: Start improving A roadmap to implement change   Appendix A: Harvesting System Productivity Tables Productivity tables for various harvesting equipment and systems.   Appendix B: Additional Resources Links to useful free publications          
  • Forest Enterprises of the Adirondacks


    238 pages, 181 photos of men and equipment at work

    This book makes the point that forestry and timber harvesting are important to small businesses in our communities, but fewer people realize this today because they don’t have the same presence as businesses on Main Street.  Forestry is all around us if we are willing to take a look. Learn what loggers do in they day to day work. See how these small businesses specialize to different niches. Learn the names of different pieces of equipment. View photos of creative problem solving in action.

      Table of Contents   Chapter 1: At Work in the Woods Their note elves, but they are hard at work out there every day.   Chapter 2: Stumped Each stump is a reminder of past and future benefits from the forest   Chapter 3: Good Fellers The Levi Family strives for efficiency amid labor shortages and tight margins   Chapter 4: Rustification Francis VanAlstine uses old equipment to work on the forest of the Adirondack elite.   Chapter 5: North lake Legacy Bruce and Ted Koenig pass on back woods know how to Ted’s son Eric   Chapter 6: Forwarder Thinking Tom Donnelly looks into the future supply and adopts a new mix of equipment   Chapter 7: Destined to Flail Paul Mitchell solves the mystery of how to make money from unwanted trees.   Chapter 8: Wood is Wonderful Bob Coscomb Jr. embraces his heritage in a part time forest enterprise   Chapter 9: Living on the (Woods’) Edge Tom Bartiss combines thrifty utilization with low impact techniques   Chapter 10: Vertical Integration & Farm Work Emancipation Brothers Bill and Tim O’Brien convert a dairy fam into a family forest operation Epilogue A capstone look at forest enterprises   Learn what loggers do in they day to day work. See how these small businesses specialize to different niches. Learn the names of different pieces of equipment. View photos of creative problem solving in action.   Steve Bick’s sixth book.          
  • 260 pages (more than 200 photos) - $20.00 (7" X 10" soft cover) 20 chapters devoted to discussing and analyzing biomass markets, harvesting techniques and equipment that anyone considering getting into biomass harvesting will find invaluable. The author’s plain explanations, photographs and writing style make this a must-have resource for biomass producers—veterans and newcomers alike. Table of Contents SECTION 1: BIOMASS BASICS 1 Introduction 2 What is Woody Biomass? SECTION 2: OPERATIONS 3 Felling 4 Skidding 5 Sorting and Processing 6 Transport and Delivery SECTION 3: BUSINESS 7 Credit 8 Financial Calculations 9 Business Plans 10 Example Business Plan SECTION 4: BIOMASS HARVESTING OPTIONS AND ADVICE 11 Types and Roles in Woody Biomass Harvesting 12 Starting from Scratch 13 Expanding into Biomass 14 Insight and Advice SECTION 5: ADDITIONAL RESOURCES R1 Processes for Using Woody Biomass R2 Understanding Machine Rates R3 Equity and Ownership in Logging Equipment R4 Firewood R5 Woody Biomass Harvesting Guidelines R6 Operational Considerations in Following Biomass Harvesting Guidelines
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