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Comparison of land clearing techniques in Atlantic Canada: a case study

Authors: P. Milburn and J.K. Higgins
Description: A field-scale evaluation of four land clearing methods currently employed in Atlantic Canada, namely: 1) all operations performed with a bulldozer; 2) all operations performed with an excavator; 3) uprooting of stumps with a bulldozer, and piling and burning of debris with an excavator; and 4) as 3) but with machine functions reversed, was conducted at a heavily wooded site in Cen tral Nova Scotia. The methods were evaluated according to treatment cost, soil loss incurred, and mass of debris remaining after land clearing was complete. Soil loss was negligible in all treatments. There was no advantage to dividing land clearing operations into two distinct functions as in methods 3 and 4. The unit area cost was least for the bulldozer only method. There was approximately 50% less debris with the excavator only method. We speculate that, with increasing experience in the use of excavators for land clearing, the unit area costs of land clearing by bulldozer and excavator will become approximately equal.
Citation: P. Milburn and J.K. Higgins 1992. COMPARISON OF LAND CLEARING TECHNIQUES IN ATLANTIC CANADA:
A CASE STUDY. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 34(3):219-225.
Volume: 34
Issue: 2
Publisher: Canadian Society for Bioengineering
Date: 1992
Type: Text.Article
Format: PDF
Coverage: Canada
Language 1: en
Rights: Canadian Society for Bioengineering
Located in: Volume 34 (1992)