Workshop #2 - Timber Sale Appraisals - Springfield, OR

Workshop #2 - Timber Sale Appraisals

Timber Sale Appraisals with LogCost and HaulCost: 

Timber Sale Apprasial brochure 

April 3, 2013  Holiday Inn Eugene-Springfield, OR

Estimate stump-to-truck and landing-to-mill costs under a variety of user inputted logging systems and equipment configurations for: skyline, mechanized, tractor, shovel, log truck characteristics, roundtrip time and mileage between landing and mill.


Click here for LogCost and HaulCost agenda  and registration information.  



Date / Time

Start Time: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 8:30 AM

End Time: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 4:00 PM


Name: Holiday Inn Eugene-Springfield, OR

Street: 919 Kruse Way

City: Springfield

State: OR

Timber Sale Appraisals With LogCost and HaulCost  (Workshop#2)

Title: Timber Sale Appraisals With LogCost and HaulCost
Location: Holiday Inn, Springfield, OR
Date: April 3, 2013  8:30 am to 5:00 pm

LogCost and HaulCost are public domain spreadsheets developed by the USDA Forest Service. These free and easy-to-use MS Office Excel Workbooks estimate stump-to-truck and landing-to-mill costs.

LogCost can be used under a variety of user inputted logging systems and equipment configurations for skyline, mechanized, tractor, shovel, and helicopter logging. The Workbook is capable of appraising the logging costs of individual harvest units or timber sales that utilize the logging systems above. Each Workbook uses current equipment and labor costs used in federal timber sale appraisals.

HaulCost calculates hauling cost from the landing to the mill or log yard. Users input log truck characteristics, roundtrip time and mileage between landing and mill to estimate the hauling cost.

Attendees will need to bring a laptop with MS Office Excel 2007 or 2010 or be able to share a laptop since the workshop will include class exercises on LogCost and HaulCost. Attendees should load both files to their computers prior to the workshop or at the workshop.

                                  LogCost 12.02 can be downloaded for free at:

                                 HaulCost 8 can be downloaded for free at:


April 2nd,2013
8:30 Introduction to LogCost Stump to Truck Appraisals:  Orientation to costing workbooks and spreadsheet macros.
9:15 Break
9:25 Falling and bucking costs.
10:25 Break
10:50  Mechanized logging appraisals: harvester, feller buncher, forwarder, and biomass and chipping components.
Noon Lunch (included with registration)
1:00 Tractor skidding logging appraisals.
2:00  Shovel logging appraisals.
2:45 Break
3:00 Skyline logging appraisals: yarder/tower combination, prebunching with mechanized felling equipment and skyline tractor swing option.
 4:30 HaulCost Landing to Mill Appraisals: Hauling time and distance from landing to mill, truck and trailer combinations, round trip minute sensitivity analysis.
5:00 Adjourn

About the Speaker: Mike Barger

Mike Barger graduated from Humboldt State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Logging Engineering and obtained his Land Surveyor-In-Training License from the State of California. He began his professional career with the US Forest Service as a Transportation Planner on the Willamette National Forest and then as a Timber Sale Administrator. Mike transferred into timber sale preparation on the Siskiyou National Forest in 1984, and became their District Logging Specialist in 1986.

He transferred to the Tongass National Forest in 1991, and contributed to the logging engineering and field preparation of the final years of the 50 year Long Term Timber Sale Contract with the Ketchikan Pulp Company. He transferred back to the lower 48 in 1996 as the District Logging Specialist on the Winema National Forest. Mike then transferred to the BLM as the Area Logging Specialist in Salem, Oregon from 1999 to 2011. Mike is currently the Inter-Regional Logging Engineer for the US Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest and California regions as well as the Oregon/Washington Bureau of Land Management.

Mike conducts logging system and field unit layout trainings regularly throughout Washington, Oregon and California based upon his 27 years of successful logging engineering experience with the US Forest Service and BLM. He is a member of the Forest Activity Rules Committee of Oregon OSHA and a member of the Advisory Committee for Western Regional Council of Forest Engineering. Mike Barger has performed skyline analysis and empirical skyline appraisals since 1984.



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