Cold hardy Eucalyptus timber production in Galicia (NW Spain)



A pictorial review of Eucalyptus Forestry in the Highlands of Galicia, Spain

Gustavo Iglesias Trabado Contact GIT Forestry Consulting
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Fig. 1: Example of Eucalyptus nitens tree growth (1): DBH-80 in less than 20 years. (Click to enlarge)

Fig. 2: Example of Eucalyptus nitens tree growth (2): DBH-20 in 6 years on a pulpwood silvicultural regime. (Click to enlarge)

Fig. 3: Cold temperate Eucalyptus pulpwood harvest operations in Galicia

1 - Basal logs: DBH-30 or bigger. Debarked on site and arranged on piles along a strip for easy operations of loading and extraction out of the forest.

2- Harvest coupe: 9 year old planting of Eucalyptus nitens (Shining Gum) at 500 m altitude on easily mechanisable tablelands.

3- Tree felling: Chainsaw operator approaching the new target and assessing the best tree felling angle. Depending on logistics of harvest this tree felling operation can be performed by an independent worker (as in this case) or by the machine at 5.

4- Typical tree: +20 meters high at a relatively high stocking (1100 trees/ha, could be less with no worries). 5 to 7 pulpwood logs per tree, 2 to 4 firewood logs per tree, 1 to 3 residual logs per tree.

5- Log processing: 4 step serial operations of handling, debranching, debarking and log cutting at desired length being performed by a forestry processor heavy machine.

6- Log loading and extraction: crane-aided loading on a timber trailer towed by a standard heavy duty agricultural tractor. From here to temporary loading yard for further loading on trucks.

7- Organic fertiliser for next crop:
log processing residues (bark, branches, tree tops with leaves) remain on site to return the majority of nutrient uptake during crop maturation to the soil. They can be finely crushed in some weeks and later be partially incorporated during new planting operations as raw organic fertiliser or be arranged on strips and subject to controlled burning to use ash as fertiliser if season of the year and low forestry fire risk do allow it.

Interesting links

Sawn timber and furniture applications of Eucalyptus globulus wood in Galicia, Northern Spain / Aplicaciones de madera aserrada y mueble de Eucalipto globulus en Galicia, Norte de España / GIT Forestry Consulting - Consultoría y Servicios de Ingeniería Agroforestal / CIS Madera - Centro de Innovación y Servicios Tecnológicos de la Madera de Galicia

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Snow in a 5 year old cold hardy Eucalyptus nitens timber plantation at 600 m above sea level in Galicia (Northwestern Spain)/ Nieve en plantacion de Eucalipto nitens (Eucalipto de las heladas, Eucalipto brillante) a 600 metros de altitud en Galicia (Noroeste de España) / GIT Forestry Consulting, Consultoría y Servicios de Ingeniería Agroforestal, Lugo, Galicia, España, SpainEucalyptus & Snow: Winter Views of eucalypt timber plantations in Northwestern Spain

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