to see balloon logging nowadays, but helicopter logging
is still fairly common. NO
no balloon logging research, is currently underway
in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
In the past, Oregon
State University's College of Forestry was one of
several public and private
researching balloon logging, and at least one logging
company in Oregon ran balloon logging operations within
the last 25 years. Loggers and researchers alike found
that balloon logging was not cost effective when compared
to helicopter and cable logging. Balloon systems using
anchored balloons or balloons maneuvered using
cables were particularly limited.
In addition, balloon logging
wasn't very adaptable to partial
trees created dangerous obstacles.
At least one organization in
Russia is currently using and researching balloon
The Far Eastern Aerostatic Center, "AEROS," in
Khabarovsk, Russia, has a useful description of ballon
logging research and balloon design.
is not an endorsement of AEROS products or research.