Sites selected for B.C. live logging show
By Andrew Macklin
June 15, 2015 – The first wave of live exhibitors dropped in on the logging site for DEMO International 2016 in Maple Ridge, B.C., on Thursday, June 11 for the first site selection meeting.
Held to give both active and static exhibitors the chance to select forest sites that best match their equipment and displays, the site selection meeting also gives us a peak at who’ll be running gear on this beautiful site. DEMO 2016 will be hosted by UBC’s Forestry Department at their 5,200-ha. Malcolm Knapp Research Forest from September 22 to 24, 2016.
Located just 45 minutes from Vancouver, the DEMO loop totals just over three kilometres of some of the best timber we’ve seen at a DEMO in over a decade. Established after harvest and a fire in 1931, the forest allows for sites ranging from 1.0 to 2.0 ha., and timber averaging 32 metres tall and 32 cm DBH. The species mix leans to hemlock and cedar, with some sites heavy to cedar as well.
Slope and terrain is also an issue on some of the active sites, with slopes ranging from 0 to over 60 per cent. The slopes will also make for some excellent viewing conditions for spectators, with sites offering both uphill and downhill viewing. Overall reaction to location, terrain and timber was very favourable among the larger exhibitors present for the day.
The site supports more than 20 active sites, where exhibitor crews will harvest log-length material for UBC’s client mills during the three-day live demo. The site also allows as many as 60 static sites to show off everything from live grapples and portable mills to attachments, tires, tracks and hydraulics. Exhibitors that have already signed up and selected sites include:
•Caterpillar Forest Products
•LBX Company (Link-Belt)
•SMS Equipment (Komatsu)
•Canadian Forest Industries
•Cleanfix North America
•Logging & Sawmilling Journal
•LogMax Forestry Services
•Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat
•Silvana Import Trading
•Truck Loggers Association
•Universal Mobile Industrial Solutions
•University of British Columbia
Given the mix of timber and terrain, most of the exhibitors expected to bring a significantly different equipment fleet to log this site than was seen at either of the last two DEMOs (Quebec and Nova Scotia).
DEMO International 2016 is presented by the Canadian Woodlands Forum and produced again by Master Promotions. It will be preceded by a forest policy and technology conference in Vancouver. Watch this site and subscribe to our free eNews to keep up to speed as this event evolves, or visit www.demointernational.com.