Use of harvester data to estimate the amount of non-utilized woody material remaining after mechanized cut-to-length forest operations

Due to unique conditions pertaining to its location and the long distances between managed forests and processing facilities, the Gaspé region of Québec is faced with a high proportion of pulpwood without any buyers. During a harvest, this material is therefore left in the forest and conventional field inventories are required to monitor the amount and quality of unused material. In a context of labour shortages and low prices for marginal wood products, replacement to these expensive field inventories are being sought.