Publications

The ICFR produces several scientific publications which include internal reports (Bulletins and Technical Notes) as well as Peer-reviewed Papers. We also produce various handbooks, technology transfer documents such as our field guides, and general information publications such as our Annual Research Reviews. Most of our internal reports are proprietary and access to these is limited to our funding members, while other documents are freely available to everyone. To access our closed reports, ICFR members and research collaborators need to log in to the website (please first create an account if you don't have one).

7th Forest Science Symposium: Research Underpinning the Sustainability of a Diverse Forestry Sector

Authors
Naidoo SN, Upfold SJ
Publication Type
Other
Publication Year
2017

The Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR) held its 7th Forest Science Symposium from 18 to 20 July, at the One Life Church in Pietermaritzburg. The three-day event was co-hosted by the ICFR, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and other research partners.

The benefits of using central tyre inflation in Forestry

Authors
Oberholzer F
Publication Type
Other
Publication Year
2003

The forestry industry, through Forest Engineering Southern Africa (FESA), has identified central tyre inflation (CTI) as a technology requiring investigation. This is driven by the fact that transport contributes 35 to 40 % of total delivered cost of timber. It is therefore imperative that transport costs be kept as low as possible in order for the forestry industry to maintain its competitive edge.

Terminology for Roundwood Timber Transport

Authors
Oberholzer F
Publication Type
Other
Publication Year
2003

During a recent study of shorthaul transport of roundwood pulpwood in South Africa, it was established that the greatest single factor affecting the quantification and assessment of the financial impact of this mode of transport on the timber transport industry was the lack definitive terminology and additionally, the use of inappropriate terminology.

Articulated Skidders

Authors
Oberholzer F
Publication Type
Other
Publication Year
2002

The articulated wheeled skidder is an important component in the primary transport of timber In South Africa. Unlike agricultural tractors, wheeled skidders are specifically designed to winch and skid trees from the point of felling to a landing site. They are heavy, robust machines, with their centre of gravity positioned well forward. The power to weight ratio has been chosen for efficient performance when skidding trees.

Main factors influencing skidder productivity are:

• Skidding distance

• Bunch size (felling operation)

• Terrain (travel speed)