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Cost Analysis of a Novel Method for Ecological Compensation-A Study of the Translocation of Dead Wood

Lindroos, Ola and Söderlind, Malin and Jensen, Joel and Hjältén, Joakim (2021). Cost Analysis of a Novel Method for Ecological Compensation-A Study of the Translocation of Dead Wood. Sustainability. 13 , 6075
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Translocation of dead wood is a novel method for ecological compensation and restoration that could, potentially, provide a new important tool for biodiversity conservation. With this method, substrates that normally have long delivery times are instantly created in a compensation area, and ideally many of the associated dead wood dwelling organisms are translocated together with the substrates. However, to a large extent, there is a lack of knowledge about the cost efficiency of different methods of ecological compensation. Therefore, the costs for different parts of a translocation process and its dependency on some influencing factors were studied. The observed cost was 465 SEK per translocated log for the actual compensation measure, with an additional 349 SEK/log for work to enable evaluation of the translocation's ecological results. Based on time studies, models were developed to predict required work time and costs for different transportation distances and load sizes. Those models indicated that short extraction and insertion distances for logs should be prioritized over road transportation distances to minimize costs. They also highlighted a trade-off between costs and time until a given ecological value is reached in the compensation area. The methodology used can contribute to more cost-efficient operations and, by doing so, increase the use of ecological compensation and the benefits from a given input.

Authors/Creators:Lindroos, Ola and Söderlind, Malin and Jensen, Joel and Hjältén, Joakim
Title:Cost Analysis of a Novel Method for Ecological Compensation-A Study of the Translocation of Dead Wood
Series Name/Journal:Sustainability
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:13
Article number:6075
Number of Pages:18
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2071-1050
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:restoration, no-net-loss, biodiversity conservation, wood living species, mining, forwarder, forest operations, cost-efficiency, boreal forest, Sweden
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112611
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112611
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DOI10.3390/su13116075
Web of Science (WoS)000660752800001
ID Code:24769
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology
(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:30 Jun 2021 13:25
Metadata Last Modified:30 Jun 2021 13:31

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