Feb. 13, 2017 - When Pat Curran decided to get into the wood pellet business in 2007, it was to help ensure that the fibre from Curran’s family logging business Seaway Timber and Curran Logging based in Massena, N.Y. always had a home. When the pulp mill across the border in Cornwall, Ont., shut down, the logging business lost a big market for its wood chips.
Nov. 24, 2016 - The United Steelworkers (USW) is launching a new campaign to highlight the importance of B.C. forests to workers, local communities and the provincial economy.
Nov. 25, 2016 - The Kalesnikoff Lumber Company has come a long way since brothers Sam and Peter Kalesnikoff started up the company in 1939 as a way to work their way out of poverty caused by The Great Depression.
Nov. 25, 2016 - When the crew behind Teal Jones’ small log sawmill in Surrey, B.C., went shopping for a transverse trimmer optimizer two years ago to replace aging equipment, they had hefty demands. The mill has a product inventory of more than 50,000 and ships to markets all around the world. Much of the lumber is shipped out rough, so it has to be almost perfect coming off the line.
Nov. 25, 2016 - Randy Janzen wanted to become a logger ever since he was a teenager. Growing up in the northern B.C. Interior in Fort St. James, he still remembers watching all the successful logging contractors driving around town in brand-new pickups when he was a kid, and thinking that was the life for him.
Nov. 10, 2016 - A video series published weekly on YouTube from a Vancouver videographer stars contractors from three coastal logging companies. The man behind the series, Severin Samulski, tagged along with loggers from Malaspina Enterprises, Kip Brown Trucking, and Timber Enterprises for 10 days of filming in September 2015.  “The big takeaway I got from my project was of the sheer hard work it takes across so many different people to get the timber out of the forest,” Samulski shared in an email. “When I was in camp with all the loggers, their stories were quite similar . . . they want sustainability in their industry for a more secure future.” Samulski said filming the project was a privilege, and allowed him to understanding the challenging nature of the work loggers take on everyday. From accessing the remote harvesting sites, to dealing with extreme weather and equipment breakdowns, the job is hard, he said. “When work stops for the day, the ambient quietness of the remote locations seen is pay for most, because the vast, beautiful landscapes these people see every day are sights that most will never ever see in their entire lives,” Samulski said.  Episodes began airing on Oct. 26, and will be available every Wednesday on Samulski’s YouTube channel.
Feb. 17, 2017 - Oregon is setting the pace for the nation in mass timber manufacturing, design and construction. A new report by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute offers insights from the architecture, engineering and construction communities on this burgeoning trend.Forest to Frame showcases the public and private partnerships contributing to a growing movement that's redefining how apartments, hotels and offices are constructed. The 20-page report profiles Oregon developers, architects and contractors who are at the forefront of using advanced wood products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) to build multistory structures – even skyscrapers – almost entirely out of wood. It also highlights prominent projects in the state that are changing perceptions about wood construction, including a 12-story timber tower in Portland that will be one of the first CLT high-rises in the United States.Other topics covered in the report include groundbreaking research in Oregon demonstrating the safety of mass timber buildings, the many environmental benefits of building with wood, and how its use for construction supports economic development in Oregon's rural timber towns."Forest to Frame offers a fascinating overview of mass timber construction and why it holds great promise on a number of fronts," says OFRI Director of Forest Products Timm Locke. "The report demonstrates that it's both possible and practical to meet our growing construction demands with the most remarkable building material we've ever known: wood."Digital and print copies of Forest to Frame are available to download and order through OFRI's website, OregonForests.org.The Oregon Forest Resources Institute was created by the Oregon Legislature to advance public understanding of forests, forest management and forest products and to encourage sound forestry through landowner education. OFRI is governed by a 13-member board of directors and is funded by a portion of the forest products harvest tax.
Feb. 14, 2017 - A logger killed in the Woods Lagoon area of B.C. on Feb. 4 was the first harvesting fatality of 2017, according to the BC Forest Safety Council.The faller was struck by a tree, uphill from where he was working."Our condolences go out to the family and co-workers of the deceased," BC Forest Safety said in a statement.The council released the following safety information as a precaution to others: Red and yellow cedars in rocky areas with shallow or wet soils are likely to be unstable. Cedars naturally have shallow roots and other characteristic hazards. A list of hazards for the common tree species is below or on page 2 of this alert.  Weather conditions can cause significant changes in ground conditions. Heavy rainfall can reduce soil strength which causes landslides and tree instability. Frequent freeze and thaw cycles can create ground instability and rockfall.  Overhead hazards are difficult to see and are often a cause of falling incidents. Take the time to assess the tree and look for hazards like limb tied trees and dead tops or branches.  Many falling incidents are the result of chain reactions. The tree being felled can cause unexpected movement in nearby trees, logs, rootwads or rocks. As part of the hazard assessment, anticipate what chain reactions may occur. The fatality is currently under investigation by WorkSafeBC and the Coroners Service.
Feb. 13, 2017 - A recent study aimed at identifying untapped biomass hotspots in Canadian forests has produced findings that could help Canada to mobilize its wood-based bioenergy supply chain.The study – a collaboration between researchers with the Canadian Forest Service’s (CFS) Laurentian Forestry Centre and Université Laval’s Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics – used remote sensing technologies to estimate the spatial distribution and theoretical availability of biomass sourced from harvest residues and fire-killed trees nationwide.“We were trying to quantify, estimate, and locate where the potential for bioenergy existed from harvest residue and fire-damaged stands,” explains Nicolas Mansuy, a forest landscape researcher and the principal author of the study. “We wanted to see if you could use these resources, and gain an idea of the variability and volume available each year.”Using maps detailing Canada’s forest attributes, as well as annual fire and harvest data between 2002 and 2011, Mansuy and his fellow researchers were able to calculate annual estimates of biomass availability for both harvest residues and fire-damaged trees – no small feat given the unpredictable nature of forest fires.“The harvest residue is pretty stable year over year,” he acknowledges, “but the fire is more volatile, because we don’t know where the fires will hit the forests each year.”What the researchers found was an abundance of untapped and potentially viable biomass material.“We have a lot of clearcuts in Canada, and a lot of fires, and based on those disturbances we have a lot of residues that are not being used by traditional forestry.”The study’s findings, which were first published in the scientific journal Biomass and Bioenergy, could have a significant impact on the provincial, national, and international outlook for the biomass supply chain in Canada. First, though, researchers will have to work with regional and provincial stakeholders to validate their findings on the ground and assess the viability of establishing cost-effective supply chains.For his part, Mansuy is hopeful that the study, which is the first of its kind to attempt a nationwide biomass inventory using a remote sensing approach, will ultimately facilitate comprehensive assessment of biomass location, costs and logistics, support decision making in the bioenergy sector, and help to establish consistent national biomass metrics in the years to come.“It’s really hard to knock on the door of each province and ask about their biomass inventory,” he explains. “The benefit of the remote sensing is that we can work nationally, and use the same method to collect new information and reach our calculations each year. Besides, the quality and the resolution of the product are going to improve in the near future.”While the study’s findings could prove a real boon for biomass stakeholders in Canada – where they could help spur BioFuelNet Canada’s vision of a sustainable and globally competitive Canadian bioeconomy – they will likely also be well-received in Europe, which depends on bioenergy to a much greater degree than Canada due to government policy and its relative dearth of oil and natural gas reserves.“The demand for renewable energy is very high in Europe,” says Mansuy. “The European market is already very robust, so they require a lot of imported biomass both from the U.S. and Canada.”Mansuy stresses, however, that the key in any future development – whether it’s the establishment of regional supply chains, or more significant export agreements – will lie in developing practices that are environmentally sustainable, an important facet of supply chain development that other nations have overlooked in the past.“In Canada, the sustainability of biomass harvesting is very important. It’s a great advantage for us to have so much biomass here in our country, but we want to ensure that we’re managing it properly to maintain healthy ecosystem resilience. It’s important to leave an appropriate amount of residue in the forest to maintain the ecosystem there, so we have sustainability constraints that we have to take into consideration.”
Feb. 13, 2017 - “It’s a different mentality to harvest trees in partial sections,” says Raymond Frappier, a forest contractor in Estrie, Que. “I find it beautiful and it allows us to return to the same area after 15 or 20 years.”
Feb. 10, 2017 - As the landscape of logging operations changes in British Columbia – with an increase in the availability of new harvesting equipment from overseas manufacturers – employers, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and importers must understand the requirements in the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupation Health and Safety Regulation before using the equipment in B.C.
Feb. 3, 2017 - National tree planting charity Tree Canada announced a more than $1-million investment to restore the forests destroyed by the devastating Fort McMurray wildfires last year. Following overwhelming support from corporate partners and everyday Canadians, Tree Canada announced that plantings will begin this spring. Tree Canada's "Operation ReLeaf - Fort McMurray" program will begin planting trees in publically-owned natural, forested areas to facilitate forest regrowth according to Fire Smart standards. Discussions are also underway to replace trees lost in adjacent First Nation communities. The restoration project will continue at least into 2018, and possibly into 2019 with a focus on residential trees and street trees scheduled to be planted. A planned 2018 project will aim to restore the tree canopy in Beacon Hill, one of the neighbourhoods hardest hit by the blaze that consumed an area approximately the size of the province of P.E.I. "We are deeply grateful to Tree Canada and all of its partners for this very generous donation," said Melissa Blake, mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. "This support will undoubtedly lift the spirits of the entire community and help us restore so much of the natural beauty that was impacted by the wildfire." "We're dedicated to returning this community to its former beauty and would like to thank our corporate partners and individual Canadians for making it possible," said Michael Rosen, president of Tree Canada, who personally visited the region last year to assess the damage and prioritize areas for reforestation. "We deeply sympathize with residents who lost their homes and have had their lives so disrupted by the fire. It is my sincere hope that this initiative will help to bring back a sense of normalcy." To support the Operation ReLeaf Fort McMurray program, Tree Canada's long-time partner CN generously donated $1 million. "Fort McMurray is an important community for CN, and our own employees were personally affected by the disaster. We are proud to support an initiative that will not only help restore the tree canopy but will also contribute to the wellbeing of this community with lasting benefits," said Mike Cory, CN executive vice-president and chief operating officer.  "We encourage other Canadian businesses to join CN in support of Fort McMurray's reforestation." In addition to CN, Tree Canada has collected generous donations from TELUS, IKEA Canada, FedEx Express Canada, U-Haul, BP Canada Energy Group and Unilever Canada, as well as many individual Canadians. If you wish to continue the support for Tree Canada's efforts to replenish Fort McMurray's forests, please donate online at www.treecanada.ca. To learn more about Operation ReLeaf - Fort McMurray, visit https://treecanada.ca/en/programs/operation-releaf/.   About Tree Canada Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments.  Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. Since 1992, more than 80 million trees have been planted, over 580 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has helped organize twelve national urban forest conferences. The next Canadian Urban Forest Conference will take place in Vancouver, BC in 2018. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca. About Operation ReLeaf Tree Canada's Operation ReLeaf programs have been helping communities recover from natural disasters and pests since 1996 when the organization responded to the tragedy of Québec's Saguenay floods. ReLeaf programs are already well entrenched in Alberta, where Tree Canada helped replace urban forests damaged by the 2014 September snowstorm in Calgary, trees lost to the massive floods that devastated southern Alberta in 2013, and since 2010, has helped residents and land owners replace trees lost to the mountain pine beetle.
Feb. 10, 2017 - Nine-axle logging trucks, including tandem-drive and tridem-drive configurations, are now approved and in use on a key transportation route in the Vanderhoof area in north-central British Columbia. The approval was the culmination of a four-year collaborative effort between FPInnovations, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI), the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO), and the forest industry.
Jan. 5, 2017 - Forestry and off-road equipment operators and maintenance technicians are used to dealing with obvious dangers from spinning saws and falling tree limbs, but may be less familiar with a critical danger that can cause crippling injuries or death – high-pressure injection injuries.
Dec. 12, 2016 - Fuel quality is critical to keep Tier 4 engines running smoothly, and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has released a downloadable infographic to help equipment owners and users keep their machines up and running. The AEM “Get CLEAN on Fuel” infographic outlines five key actions that help protect Tier 4 engines “because while the new engines reduce diesel emissions and protect our health and the environment, the fact is they are rather finicky about fuel,” said William “Bernie” Bernhard, AEM technical and safety services manager. Bernhard explained that today’s Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) is very different from the diesel of just a few years ago. “Among other things, it is subject to change and contamination as it moves from the refinery to the engine, making storage, temperature, age and filtration, and related factors critical in maintaining fuel quality,” said Bernhard. AEM member company experts came together through the association to develop the guidelines as a way to spread more awareness of the importance of diesel fuel quality. 5 Steps to Maintain Fuel Quality The new AEM fuel-quality infographic relays 5 quick tips using the CLEAN acronym, accompanied by actionable guidelines: C - Commit to understanding your T4 engine L - Learn the facts about today’s fuel E - Evaluate your fuel source and fuel handling A - Always follow manufacturer guidelines N - Never take your role for granted Download the complete infographic at aem.org/clean.
Oct. 18, 2016 - Resources created by a working group which consisted of fallers, engineers, road builders and contract managers can help fallers and others who work below avoid the hazards from excessive roadside debris on steep ground.
Sept. 16, 2016 - Fleming’s Trucking and Logging from the Sault Ste. Marie region in Ontario has once again recieved the top award from Workplace Safety North (WSN), Ontario’s occupational health and safety association for forestry, mining, and paper, printing, and converting sectors.“The Workplace Excellence Awards shine the spotlight on the health and safety achievements of our members in mining, forestry, and paper, printing and converting businesses, as well as small businesses in northern Ontario with fewer than 50 employees,” says Candys Ballanger-Michaud, WSN President and Chief Executive Officer. “All submitted assessments are automatically considered for the President’s Award, and scoring is based on the self-assessment in combination with statistical performance over the past two calendar years.”“We’re proud to welcome returning winners: Fleming’s Trucking and Logging from the Sault Ste. Marie region, and ACCO Brands Canada in Mississauga – excellent achievements in health and safety!”Top scoring firms in Ontario forestry, mining, paper, printing, and converting, and small business will be officially presented with the President’s Award at the WSN annual general meeting on Sept. 28 in North Bay.“It’s important to recognize the efforts of workplaces that make health and safety a priority,” says Ballanger-Michaud. “They lead the way and set the tone for their sectors. That’s why these businesses deserve special recognition, for demonstrating their strong commitment to ensuring that every worker goes home safe and healthy each day. The award winners are positive role models for Ontario businesses to make workplace health and safety an integral part of every job and every work day.“Congratulations to all winners for your commitment to workplace health and safety. I’m honoured to recognize your dedication to workers’ well-being, and to creating and maintaining healthy and safe workplaces – well done!”President’s Award Winners Forestry – Fleming’s Trucking and Logging Inc., Hilton Beach Mining – Cementation Canada Inc., North Bay Paper, Printing and Converting – ACCO Brands Canada Inc., Mississauga Small firms (less than 50 full-time employees) – Fleming’s Trucking and Logging Inc., Hilton Beach Earlier this year, 22 companies received a Workplace Excellence Award, recognizing workplace excellence in health and safety.Workplace Excellence Award Winners ACCO Brands Canada Inc., Mississauga Alamos Gold Young-Davidson Mine, Matachewan Alex MacIntyre & Associates Limited, Kirkland Lake Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd., New Westminster Cementation Canada Inc., North Bay DeBeers Canada Inc., Timmins Domtar Inc., Dryden Fleming's Trucking and Logging Inc., Hilton Beach Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines, South Porcupine J.S. Redpath Limited, North Bay Kidd Operations - a Glencore Company, Timmins Kirkland Lake Gold Inc., Kirkland Lake + winner of International Mines Rescue Competition 2016 Label Supply, Whitby Lac Des Iles Mine Ltd., Thunder Bay Lake Shore Gold Corp., Timmins Nordic Minesteel Technologies Inc., North Bay SCR Mining and Tunnelling L.P., Val Caron Shuniah Forest Products Limited, Thunder Bay Technica Mining, Lively Wallbridge Mining Company Limited, LIvely Wellington Wood Products (1972) Ltd., Mount Forest Weyerhaeuser, Kenora Learn more at www.workplacesafetynorth.ca/
Aug. 16, 2016 - Whether you are a director or officer of a private company or serve as a director of a community-owned organization, you must take all reasonable care and exercise due diligence to ensure that the company you represent protects the health and safety of its workers and complies with British Columbia’s Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Regulations.
Feb. 22, 2017 - The 12,000th Ponsse forest machine was handed over to the customer on Feb. 21 at Ponsse's Vieremä factory. The Ponsse ScorpionKing was received by French family company Sarl NC Bois based in Trémilly.“We have co-operated with NC Bois for a decade and I am very glad to be celebrating the 12,000th forest machine with our French customer. Last year was our best year of operations in France of all times, and our market share in France has developed positively. Furthermore, this milestone is for us as a Finnish company a great beginning to Finland's centennial year,” says Jarmo Vidgrén, Ponsse's sales and marketing director.At the moment, a new Ponsse service centre, which will be opened in the spring, is being built in Labouheyre in southern France. The service centre is a part of this year's large investments in the service network and development and expansion of the production facilities. This year, new service centres will be completed in Ponsse's subsidiaries in the UK, Uruguay and France.In France, Ponsse has three of their own service centres and some authorised service partners. The subsidiary Ponssé S.A.S. has been responsible for Ponsse's operations in France since 1996.Family business as an asset Sarl NC Bois is a harvesting company established by two brothers, Nicolas and Mickael Cuny. The company started operating in 2007 with a used Ponsse HS16 harvester. In 2008, the brothers' father Claude Cuny joined in the business, and the following year, even a third brother, Billy Cuny, joined in. On an annual basis, Sarl NC Bois harvests and buys 50,000 m³ of wood with net sales of over EUR 2 million.“Being a family company is an important asset for us,” Nicolas and Michael Cuny say.The company can be described as a pioneer in machine acquisitions in France. In 2009, the company acquired the first eight-wheel Ergo in France, and the Ponsse ScorpionKing harvester acquired in 2014 was one of the first in France. At the moment, NC Bois is logging with ten Ponsse machines.In total, Ponsse has manufactured about 450 Ponsse Scorpion harvesters that came into production in 2014, and has delivered machines into 20 countries.
Feb. 15, 2017 - John Deere is now offering Intelligent Boom Control (IBC) as an option on all 1910E Forwarders in North America. Now available on the biggest forwarder in the John Deere line-up, IBC technology significantly increases machine productivity and efficiency, while providing the best possible fuel economy and boom lifetime. With intuitive IBC technology, the powerful CF8 boom on the 1910E is accurate, fast, and easy to operate, as the operator now controls the boom tip directly instead of controlling each of the independent boom joint movements manually. Additionally, by eliminating unnecessary extra movements, the IBC system extends the boom component wear life and allows for faster cycle times.  “IBC is an option that operators have been quick to adopt in Northern European countries, with 80 per cent of machines being delivered with the technology,” said Niko Solopuro, product marketing manager WCTL Forwarders and Automation. “With the new configurable joysticks, we anticipate similar popularity for IBC in North America.” The 1910E machines also feature new configurable joystick controls. The integration of the new joystick controls allows the dealer to quickly reconfigure the machine to meet the preference of the operator. One of three configuration options can be applied, providing the operator with an intuitive control system. The configurable joystick controls, when combined with the IBC technology, boost operator productivity. John Deere’s 1910E Forwarder with the IBC option and configurable controls is now available in North America. IBC is also offered as an option on all of John Deere’s 1110E, 1201E and 1510E Forwarders.
Feb. 15, 2017 - After the launch of the 931 wheel harvester (6 wheels), Komatsu Forest is introducing for the spring of 2017, its new 931XC; the 8-wheel version of its 931. The 931 and the 931XC both have the powerful Stage 4 Final, 251 HP engine and are now equipped with a 3-pump hydraulic system with optimized flow to head and crane functions simultaneously for maximum hydraulic power. The engine can now run at lower speed for optimal low fuel consumption. The operator environment provides comfort and visibility. The AutoLev system ensures superior stability while travelling or operating; an important feature on uneven terrain. MaxiXplorer is a harvesting software that is simple and visual, allowing the operator to make countless adjustments to collect production and operation data. MaxiXplorer makes it possible to optimize the harvesting and the cut in given lengths and diameters, or even based on the commercial value of each log. The design of the Comfort bogies provides high ground clearance and better traction on uneven terrain, on steep slopes or in swampy ground.  The new 931XC has a double Comfort bogie for enhanced performance in the most demanding working conditions. With the CRH230 parallel boom for fast cycle times, the 931 can adapt to a wide range of Komatsu harvesting heads, from 360.2, 365, S132 all the way to the high-performance C144, which is a stronger head equipped with the Constant Cut system for continuous sawing speed, whether in harvesting or cutting in lengths. Whatever the species or the diameter, you can always count on quick cuts.
Feb. 15, 2017 - Komatsu Forest launched recently a new version of its popular 895 giant forwarder. This new edition has a Stage 4 Final; high performance 282 HP diesel engine. In standard or ECO mode, fuel consumption will be reduced significantly.The newly designed operator environment in the 895 offers enhanced ergonomic features and increased visibility, while retaining all the main features that have made it so popular. With the powerful 165F loader and your choice of Komatsu grapple G36HD or G40, the 895 forwarder will be equipped with Comfort bogies and extra-large wheels (780 x 28.5) for unequalled ground clearance on sloping or swampy grounds.The 895 has the largest loading capacity of all Scandinavian forwarders distributed in North-America, which will prove to be a great advantage for the long skidding distances on many of our harvesting sites.
Feb. 13, 2017 - The new Keto 873 processor is designed for processing larger trees in the demanding conditions of North America and beyond. Keto 873 is the latest model of the Keto product family. This 3360kg/7400lb head can be installed on 30+ ton tracked base machines. Kone-Ketonen and Quadco Equipment Inc will introduce the Keto 873 in the 79th Annual Oregon Logging Conference in Eugene, between Feb. 23rd to 25th, 2017.  Keto 873 was created based on the vision of CEO Lauri Ketonen, designed and produced by the engineering team lead by designer Mika Myllyniemi, and utilizes the best proven components available today.  One new feature of the Keto 873 is the Rotobec rotator, which spins 360 degrees and beyond. This offers a totally new world of freedom and efficiency to operators. The Keto 873 design incorporates a well-proven Parker valve system. Functions are proportional and operate only on-demand, which are key factors in optimizing the fuel consumption of the base machine and running the system at the lowest possible temperature.  Track feed motors are made by Danfoss like in other Keto models. The 500cc motors produce a level of nearly 4kN of true net pulling power making sure that even the toughest trees can be pulled and delimbed quickly and efficiently.  Like in any Keto head the length measuring is done by the two feeding tracks. It is simple, extremely reliable and low cost to maintain. A larger front knife cylinder together with the bottom arm cylinder provides the needed holding power when pulling big trees from the deck. The geometries of the three moving and one fixed knives and arms have been optimized to handle the full range of diameters. Another very important feature in the Keto 873 is the shortest possible tilt frame with a very wide working angle. The short tilt minimizes the unwanted head sway caused by the boom movement, thus making the head easier to control. Kone-Ketonen Oy was founded 1984. For over 30 years it has been producing numerous models of harvesting heads for thinning and larger heads for clear-cutting and processing. About 5,000 heads have been produced so far. Kone-Ketonen exports about 80 per cent of its products to Europe, Japan, South and North-America. 
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