The Michigan Department of Transportation has under its jurisdiction several thousand acres of forestland on the highway right of way in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The purpose of this project was to inventory the right of way, develop a plan to manage the resources on the right of way, demonstrate harvesting techniques suitable for right of way operations and develop contract specifications to be used in the sale of products from the right of way. Information of this type is readily available for most landowners but because of the close proximity of highway traffic, there are special considerations that must be dealt with. These special considerations are safety and aesthetics and when they are introduced into the process of inventorying and harvesting wood products from the right of way, they have a major impact both on the procedures and the results. As part of the study, a computerized inventory has been developed which provides timber volumes and a complete management plan. Also as part of the project, the timber was actually harvested from four sites to demonstrate the tree selection techniques and the logging equipment most suitable for right of way operations. (FHWA)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ford Forestry Center

    Michigan Technological University
    L'Anse, MI  United States  49946

    Michigan Department of Transportation

    State Transportation Building, 425 West Ottawa Street, P.O. Box 30050
    Lansing, MI  United States  48909
  • Authors:
    • Bourdo Jr, E A
    • Johnson, J A
    • Willis, G L
  • Publication Date: 1980-1

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  • Pagination: n.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00330069
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-MI-80-1 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: PR-0010 (2)
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM