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.
March 14, 2017 - Wood pellet manufacturers in both the U.S. and Canada are increasingly diversifying their feedstock to reduce fibre costs and take advantage of less utilized fibre sources, according to analysis by Wood Resources International.The key fibre furnish in both countries are sawmill byproducts and forest residues, together accounting for over 80 per cent of the total feedstock in British Columbia and almost 50 per cent in the U.S. South.Over the past 10 years, there has been a clear shift in fibre-sourcing for pellet manufacturers in the U.S. South from logs to residues. In 2008, when the first large pellet plant was built, practically all fibre consumed by this plant was low-quality small-diameter logs from adjacent forests. This fibre source is a high-cost fibre furnish since it needs to be chipped, hammered and dried before it can be processed to pellets, which adds substantial cost to the manufacturing of pellets.Increasingly, pellet plants throughout the southern states have turned to sawmill by-products and forest residues that in the past have been left at the harvesting sites. The North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR) has for the past five years tracked the fibre sources for the pellet industry each quarter in the two major producing regions of North America – British Columbia and the U.S. South. There have been two clear trends:In British Columbia, pellet companies have moved from entirely relying on inexpensive sawdust from the local sawmills for its fibre furnish to increasingly supplementing its dominant fibre source with forest residues in the form of tree tops and branches left after harvest operations.In the U.S. South, there has been an increase in the usage of residuals at the expense of roundwood.In the 1Q/17, pellet plants in B.C. consumed just over 82 per cent sawmill residues, while forest residues accounted for about 17 per cent. With the expected reduction in lumber production in the province in the coming years, pellet plants will increasingly have to rely on forest residues and low-cost logs for their furnish since the available supply of sawmill by-products will diminish.In the US South, the fibre sourcing trend is the opposite of British Columbia with expected increases in the usage of sawmill residues as the lumber production is likely to expand in the future. From the 1Q/13 to the 1Q/17, the usage of industry and forest residues increased from 33 per cent to 47 per cent of the total fibre furnish for the pellet industry, according to the NAWFR. This upward trend is expected to continue, especially in regards to the usage of sawdust and microchips (chips manufactured from tree tops, tree branches and small-diameter trees from forest thinnings). The North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR) has tracked wood fiber markets in the US and Canada for over 30 years and it is the only publication that includes prices for sawlogs, pulpwood, wood chips and biomass in North America. The 36-page quarterly report includes wood market updates for 15 regions on the continent in addition to the latest export statistics for sawlogs, lumber, wood pellets and wood chips.  www.woodprices.com
March 14, 2017 – The Government of B.C. is investing $3.6 billion in rural communities in the next year, with some funding also being allocated to forestry. The government says the goal is to strengthen and diversify B.C.’s rural communities with specific attention going into improving local economies, working with youth and partnering with Indigenous communities. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson made the announcement, saying the initiative reflects the importance the province places on people living and working in rural areas of B.C. “Creating the conditions for rural British Columbia to grow and thrive is a key priority for our government,” Thomson said in a statement. A $500,000 investment is going into the Regional District of Mount Waddington to create more forestry jobs there. “The creation of this rural economic development blueprint helps guide strategic investments which connect people, improve the health of our communities and environment, and stimulate business activity,” Rural Advisory Council member Jonathan Lok said in a statement. “These are meaningful initiatives that will make a difference for all of us in rural B.C.” A $150 million investment is being placed in the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia which will be used to save the environment via tree-planting. It will also create more than 3,000 jobs in rural British Columbia, according to a government statement. “B.C.’s rural economies and natural resource industries are at the backbone of our economy, and are shouldering the risk posed by the global downturn in commodity prices,” Premier Christy Clark said. “These challenges require immediate action to support our rural communities and a long-term plan that builds on our rural advantages to create jobs and diversify our economy.” The province of B.C. provides more than $2.2 billion every year to help rural areas with education and skills training.
March 7, 2017 - Resolute Forest Products is filing a lawsuit against Greenpeace, stating the environment conservation group has been slanderous in its claims against the forestry company. Since 2012, Greenpeace has stated that Resolute has not carried out environmentally friendly logging practices, thus harming animals and ecosystems, and disregarding Indigenous people and their lands. Resolute has denied the claims and is now suing Greenpeace after the latter recently admitted that its claims against Resolute were not fact-based.Greenpeace is currently trying to toss out the lawsuit without a hearing.Resolute vice-president Seth Kursman told the Canadian Press, “This is the most significant development in the four-plus years of this saga. Greenpeace has admitted that they were lying about our forestry practices. Their campaign has been peddling falsehoods.”Read more here.
March 3, 2017 - An audit of Husby Forest Products Ltd.’s activities on Forest Licence A16869, in the Haida Gwaii Natural Resource District, found compliance with almost all of the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act, according to a report released Thursday. “Our auditors found that Husby complied with most requirements of the legislation, but found fire-hazard assessments were not completed on time,” said Tim Ryan, board chair. “However, Husby had abated fire hazards in an effective and timely manner and now has a system in place to conduct hazard assessments in the future.” “Auditors also noted that Husby located, marked and mapped culturally significant features in its planning, such as yew, crabapple and monumental cedar trees, to protect them. Husby also covers all road approaches to fish stream crossings with gravel and shot rock to prevent sediment from getting into the streams”, said Ryan. “These are good practices in a challenging operating area.” The audit area is located north of Masset Inlet in the Collison Point and Eden Lake areas. All forestry activities carried out between Aug 1, 2014, and Aug. 23, 2016, were subject to audit, including harvesting, roads, silviculture, wildfire protection and associated planning. The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government. The board audits forest and range practices on public lands and appropriateness of government enforcement. It can also make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.
Feb. 27, 2017 - Resolute Forest Products has signed a five-year commercial agreement with the Red Rock Indian Band, an Ojibwe First Nation in northwestern Ontario. The agreement is a formal commitment between the company and the band to identify and pursue new economic opportunities and commercial investments, as well as to establish a collaborative forest management planning process for the woodlands Resolute manages. Northern Ontario Business reports. | READ MORE.
Feb. 27, 2017 - Traditional methods for reforestation use seeds from local tree populations. With the climate quickly changing, these local trees will be poorly adapted to new environments that not only have warmer temperatures, but also more disease pressures. And climate change isn't just bad for trees. It's also bad for the economic and environmental benefits they provide to Canada -- benefits like wood, jobs, habitat protection and carbon sequestration.Foresters have three options for dealing with this problem: reforest with the same species, but with trees that are better adapted to warmer climates; move species further north or to higher elevations; or select and breed trees that can better withstand climatic stresses or disease. All of these strategies can be successful, but only if we have scientific knowledge about which trees can better withstand a changing climate and the stresses that accompany it.Dr. Sally Aitken of the University of British Columbia (UBC) is leading a team, including Sam Yeaman of the University of Calgary and Richard Hamelin of UBC and Université Laval, that will use genomics to test the ability of trees from different populations to resist heat, cold, drought and disease, and identify the genes and genetic variation involved in climate adaptation. The ultimate goal of the project, valued at $5.8 million, is to develop better reforestation strategies for economically important tree species such as Douglas-fir and lodgepole pine, as well as western larch and jack pine."Better matching trees with new climates will improve the health and productivity of planted forests. To understand the adaptation of trees to both climate and diseases, we will use genomic tools along with climate modeling and seedling experiments," says Dr. Aitken, a Professor in the Faculty of Forestry. "Our previous research has shown these approaches will give us these answers in a few years rather than in a few decades. The success of this research is dependent on our close collaboration with provincial tree breeders and forest managers.""Our ministry is pleased to be a major partner in the CoAdapTree research project, in collaboration with Dr. Aitken's team at UBC," said Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson. "Together, we are developing important tools to implement climate-based seed transfer. The B.C. government is committed to using the results of this research to improve forest management practices that will benefit all British Columbians."The project, CoAdapTree: Healthy trees for future climates, will provide recommendations for climate-based seed transfer policy to guide foresters in planting trees that will be healthy in new climates in western Canada. Climate-based seed transfer can result in up to 30% greater timber yields, with a proportional impact on the economy and employment, and will also sustain ecological and environmental benefits of forests."The forestry industry contributed more than $20 billion to Canada's GDP in 2014, and directly and indirectly employed 288,000 people," says Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa, Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President, Sector Development at Genome BC. "We have been investing in forest research since 2001 and have funded an earlier phase of Dr. Aitken's genomics and climate-change research because this industry is critical to BC's economy and this work will make a major difference to future forest outcomes."The project was awarded through Genome Canada's 2015 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition Natural Resources and the Environment: Sector Challenges -- Genomic Solutions. Funders of this work include Genome Canada, Genome BC, Genome Alberta, Genome Quebec, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the Forest Genetics Council of BC, and Natural Resources Canada. It is also funded by forest companies including West Fraser, CanFor, and the Sinclair Group, partners in the Vernon Seed Orchard Company, as well as Western Forest Products Inc., and TimberWest Forest Corp.
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.
March 22, 2017 - ARDCO’s new Articulating Multi-Purpose Truck (AMT) features a modular back-end platform that offers the flexibility to customize the vehicle to suit any work environment, from urban construction projects to extreme off-road jobsites. The powerful and rugged AMT is designed to accept a wide array of standard and customizable attachments. Available configurations include a bare chassis, flatbed, water tank, fuel tank, dump bed, service and lube station, utility bed, personnel carrier, pipe trailer, drill, and custom solutions. End-users can easily change attachments, while rental companies can serve a variety of customer applications with a single machine. Multiple tire choices – tractor, construction, terra or sand – help further configure the machine to various work conditions in construction, oil and gas, railroad, utility, forestry and agriculture. The AMT can navigate difficult terrain and work in any environment. Powered by a 250-horsepower Cummins QSB6.7 Tier 4 Final diesel engine, the AMT 600 model features selectable 4- or 6-wheel-drive and offers a maximum payload of 45,000 pounds. The AMT 400 model has a 200-horsepower Cummins Tier 4 engine, offers 2- or 4-wheel-drive, and provides a max payload of 28,000 pounds for hauling fuel, water, dirt and more. Top travel speed for each unit is 23 miles per hour. The AMT features a two-person, fully enclosed, all-weather ROPS cab that is sound rated to 68 dB. An upgraded 7-inch display is incorporated in the steering column, providing digital gauges with onboard diagnostics, digital manual access, and an optional backup camera display. A streamlined front-end angle offers the driver panoramic visibility to enhance safety. Specifically built for off-road travel, the AMT includes a high-strength center pivot trunnion with approximately 20 degrees of oscillation, which allows all the tires to maintain ground contact and traction while travelling over rough terrain. Dual hydraulic cylinders provide 37 degrees of steering each way, allowing not only great maneuverability, but also added traction. The articulating motion allows the tires to slide left or right in wet/muddy terrain and gain traction instead of spinning in one place and digging a rut. Both models include a Dana 6-speed powershift transmission with twist grip shifter. The AMT 600 features AxleTech rigid planetary axles with driver controlled differential lock, while the AMT 400 has Dana rigid planetary axles with automatic limited slip differentials, front and rear. Optional accessories include a hydraulically operated front push blade, front-mounted hydraulic winch, heavy-duty front bumper/brush guard, and auxiliary hydraulics. The AMT is covered by a limited one-year warranty.
March 22, 2017 - Caterpillar now offers the High Rotation Seat cab and an enhanced monitor display for Cat D Series wheel skidders. The High Rotation Seat cab offers 100 degrees of seat rotation and features the new Cat Advanced Ride Management (Cat ARM) seat suspension for ergonomics and comfort for the operator. The ability to rotate the seat 100 degrees when picking up bunches, working and backing the skidder around the deck, and backing down long skid trails improves operator ergonomics and efficiency. Combined with the integrated Cat ARM seat suspension, a four-point seat belt, and joystick steering, the High Rotation Seat reduces operator fatigue and provides leading ride quality for the operator. “Ride quality for the operator is best in class,” said Matt McDonald, Caterpillar Wheel Skidder Product Application Specialist. The Cat High Rotation Seat design allows the use of the most productive, efficient and only powershift transmission in the market, delivering more wood to the deck more efficiently. It enables loggers to maximize profitability by increasing utilization of the skidder because of improved operator ergonomics and efficiency. It contributes to faster cycle times and longer skid distances, which reduce time and cost to move landings or decks. A key safety advantage of the Cat High Rotation Seat is the utilization of the park brake to hold the machine in place when the operator is rotating the seat. The park brake will automatically apply when the seat is released. The machine is secured even in adverse terrain. Once the seat locks into position and an operator commands a direction, the park brake is released automatically, further improving safety. Numerous safety interlocks ensure there is no accidental seat release command initiated at high speed, and the throttle pedal in the opposite position is disabled to ensure there is no accidental throttle command. The proven powershift and lock-up torque converter technology distinguish Cat skidders since they do not utilize a hydrostatic drive system nor hydrostatic braking to hold the machine in place when the seat is rotated. “Because we use the park brake to hold the machine in place when the operator rotates the seat, the skidder will not ‘creep’ even if it is on a slope,” said McDonald. “It enhances safety. And the proven powershift and lock-up torque converter means faster cycles when the skidder goes back into the woods empty.” The semi-active Cat ARM seat suspension is a revolutionary development in seat suspension technology that Caterpillar has used in other products since 2013 and was introduced in skidders last year. The suspension adjusts the rate of damping in real time in response to changing ground conditions. Along with the four-point seat belt, the Cat ARM seat suspension stabilizes the operator and virtually eliminates end stop events for a smooth ride, reducing strain and fatigue. “When we developed the Cat ARM seat suspension, the feedback we received from operators about ride quality was unanimous,” said McDonald. “The improvement in overall operator comfort is unparalleled.” The new monitor display provides clean, clear digital gauges and intuitive features to monitor machine systems. The High Rotation Seat cab also includes an electronic seat rotation release-lock, Cat comfort seat, seat-mounted joystick steering controls with integrated transmission controls, seat-mounted grapple controls, dual throttle and brake pedal for full control in both seat positions, and hinged left-hand armrest for emergency exit. For more information, contact your nearest Cat dealer or go to www.cat.com/forestry.
March 16, 2017 - Grapple yarding has been a mainstay on the BC Coast for decades. A grapple yarder pulls felled timber off steep slopes to a collection point. The grapple yarder is similar to the game at the fair where you try to grab a stuffed toy by controlling a grapple with a joystick.Except, with a grapple yarder, the log may be 500 feet away or more from the Operator’s cab. In fact, the Operator may not even be able to see the log due to undulating slope or poor visibility. To help the grapple yard Operator spot and grab the logs, a person called a hook tender is located near the logs and communicates back to the Operator via a two-way radio.  The success rate is only moderately better than the game at the fair.Worse, the hook tender can inadvertently end up in the line of fire through error or miscommunication. It was a solemn day at TimberWest in January 2015, when a hook tender was seriously injured when struck by a log.  On the incident investigation, the question was asked – “How can this situation be avoided going forward?”The Holy Grail in safety is to engineer the risk out of the job. In the present case, the simple solution was to put a camera on the grapple and a screen in the Operator’s cab. It is astounding that in 2015, not one grapple yarder on Vancouver Island had a camera to help sight the logs.Enter T-Mar Industries. T-Mar has been proudly operating in Campbell River for over 30 years designing and manufacturing forestry equipment, including grapple yarders. They were already thinking about the possibility of placing a camera on the grapple. TimberWest and T-Mar joined forces – TimberWest agreed to support T-Mar’s development costs, and soon after an initial order for eight cameras was placed to underpin the business case.”We are very pleased to work with forward-thinking local companies like T-Mar to improve safety and productivity outcomes,” says Jeff Zweig, president and CEO of TimberWest. “T-Mar is working hard to innovate with its in-house engineering team. British Columbia has a truly world-class timber resource and challenging terrain. With that comes the opportunity to make B.C. a centre of global excellence in forest-sector technology and equipment. We have the ultimate proving ground.”The Grapple Camera provides the Operator with an improved view of the working area, which reduces the potential risk of a Hook Tender being “in the bite," or the unsafe location where accidents can happen.The first Contractor on board with this new technology was Fall River Logging. They received the first camera in November of 2015. To date, Kevin Playfair, manager of safety, and his Grapple Yarder Operator have been very impressed with the camera from both a safety and productivity point-of-view. “The feedback we received was immediately positive,” says Playfair, “Our guys can’t believe the difference the camera installation has made.” This endorsement led to more contractors adopting the technology.“T-Mar Industries is committed to making technological improvements that help keep people safe,” says Tyson Lambert, vice-president at T-Mar. “We value partners like TimberWest because it means real-life safety advancement can happen on the ground. The belief in our technology by TimberWest is a prime example of how companies can work together to improve the safety of high risk activities in the forest, and we are very proud of that accomplishment.”Like so many other situations, good safety leads to greater effectiveness. The camera not only removes an individual from a dangerous situation, it improves productivity by:Allowing operations in foggy conditions (common occurrence in coastal B.C.) Permitting low-light early starts (helpful during fire season) Facilitating grabbing more than one log per cycle Reducing log breakage Freeing up the hook tender to prepare for the next Grapple Yarder move. Today, all of the grapple yarders operating on TimberWest land must have a grapple camera. T-Mar is now commercializing the camera and selling it globally.This is a great example of home-grown safety innovation by a local company and enthusiastic adoption by our contractors. This is how B.C. is going to assert itself as a global leader in the forest sector.
March 15, 2017 - Based on the XPower large wheel loaders, Liebherr has developed the L 580 LogHandler XPower for the particular requirements of the timber industry. The new XPower generation machine stands out thanks to its wide range of innovative features and the investment made into its sturdiness. Thanks to a special lift arm with major reinforcements, the L 580 LogHandler XPower can cover large working areas with a maximum reach of almost four metres. Productivity is increased by optimised timber grabs that can be adjusted in size for individual applications. The Smooth Speed Reduction system (SSR system) gives the L 580 LogHandler XPower utmost load handling sensitivity. And, just like on the latest Liebherr large wheel loaders, the core component of the machine is the power-split XPower driveline, which equates to robustness and provides optimal performance, high travel speeds and maximum fuel efficiency.
March 8, 2017 - During CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, Vermeer will introduce the new HG6800TX horizontal grinder. Featuring 950 hp (708 kW) in a 92,000 lb (41,730.5 kg) class, and an infeed design to aid in feeding larger material such as whole trees, the new grinder is built to power through tough materials with less operator interaction. More information on the HG6800TX will be available on Vermeer.com in the coming months.Precise Design “The HG6800TX is designed for large-scale land-clearing contractors to help maximize productivity and efficiency,” said Jeff Bradley, product manager for Recycling and Forestry equipment at Vermeer. “The feed roller on this machine can climb up to 50” (127 cm) to help tackle the tough material elements that land-clearing contractors often come across.” The new infeed on the HG6800TX was designed with low sidewalls to help the operator more easily load material into the machine. This feature allows larger loads to be dropped on the infeed with less interaction and manipulation of the material, so the operator can drop the load and focus on the next one. Exclusive Technology Equipped with the latest technology from Vermeer, the HG6800TX features the patented Series III duplex hard-faced drum. In addition to providing long-lasting durability, maintenance time is decreased with the ability to remove and flip or replace single hammers, as well as being able to externally balance the drum The remote control puts the machine control menu and machine operating information at the user’s fingertips so operators can monitor machine health from the loader cab. With the optional Damage Defense system, contractors who deal with contaminated wood can help protect their equipment by reducing the likelihood of major machine damage caused by certain metal contaminants entering the hammermill. The system reacts to the initial contact of metal by reversing the feed system to allow for removal. The HG6800TX also features proven Vermeer technologies like SmartFeed and the Thrown Object Deflector (TOD). SmartFeed optimizes machine performance and production electronically and allows the operator to focus on loading raw product and move finished product about the jobsite. The function stops and reverses material from feeding into the hammermill when engine rpm’s drop below efficient operating range. The patented TOD decreases the quantity and distance of thrown objects, allowing the machine to be operated in a smaller “safe” work zone. The feature is hinged and can be raised or lowered depending upon grinding applications, simply with the remote control.
March 8, 2017 - The brand new Kootrac 3600 pictured working in Cottage Grove, Ore., is designed with safety in mind  and engineered for steep, challenging terrain and minimal site disturbance. Kootrac’s hydrostatic drive, high speed, steel track swing grapple /skidder increases production in the most challenging terrain.It provides the perfect alternative to winch assist  directional falling on slopes to 50-55 per cent. The high speed (max 9mph high) track and torsion suspension conforms to uneven ground and minimizes site disturbance.Its swing boom grapple design easily accesses and moves bunched wood to roadside and landings. It also offers a four-way or six-way hydraulic angle tilt blade,  and rear and grapple cameras. www.kmc-kootrac.com  

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