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TimberWest November/December 2013

January/February 2016

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Running Big, Running Strong
Jerry DeBriae, owner and founder of Jerry DeBriae Logging Inc. of Cathlamet, Washington, has over five decades of experience tackling just about every challenge a logging contractor will face.

A Road Well Travelled
R D Reeves Construction finds the solutions to stay diversified and local.

Woody Biomass
Stripping fact from fiction

All Hands on Deck
Miller Timber Services and Wildland Firefighting Crews

Tire Evaluation Test

China Amping up Imports
China aims to increase the volume of timber imports from the U.S. despite stagnant economy.

Foresters Face Paradigm Shift 
for Logging Steep Slopes

Technology from New Zealand is set to create a whole new — and safer — way of logging

Gradual Growth for North American Sawmill
Vancouver Urban Timberworks started out modestly and grew into their new Wood-Mizer WM1000


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Steep Slope LoggingForesters Face Paradigm Shift for Logging Steep Slopes

Technology from New Zealand is set to create a whole new — and safer — way of logging

In recent years, New Zealand loggers faced safety challenges in tree falling, especially on steep slopes. They turned to mechanized harvesters and saw safety and productivity improve. 

In 2012, New Zealand’s Nigel Kelly pioneered the unique ClimbMAX harvester, a tracked directional harvester incorporating a cable winch into the car body. His new machine removed many risks in tree felling, and its innovative computer-controlled cable tensioning system took the industry by storm there. Other forest managers and contractors quickly followed suit. Working with dedicated engineers, designers, and logging contractors, they introduced at least five other types of traction-assist systems, which are now commonplace there.

Engineered for Safety

“We were impressed with the integrity and professionalism of the systems. They ticked all of the boxes,” says a leading forest operations manager. “Safety was clearly engineered into them from the outset. As people integrate tethered machines into their harvesting planning and risk assessments, for some steep forests, they can be a much better way to go”.

At the Pacific Logging Congress and Olympic Logging Conference in 2015 and now at the Truck Loggers Association convention in B.C. this January, attendees have been introduced to new disruptive steep slope technology and were impressed. And now others will have a chance to take in the technology at the Steep Slope Logging Conference event March 2, 2016. The one-day conference will be followed by a day-long field tour on March 3, organized by FPInnovations.

“The lineup of speakers from New Zealand, Canada, and USA are key industry leaders and will be focused on the solutions the new technology harvesters offer,” says conference co-organizer Rob Stanhope of Logging and Sawmilling Journal.

Introduction into the Northwest

Stanhope says Northwest forest leaders can take comfort in introducing the new technology, knowing that the loggers from New Zealand have been well supported by both engineers and their forest managers. “It’s been through constant communication that the loggers and foresters have come to grips with the [steep slope] issues they needed to overcome — and they did it.”

For more information on the first Steep Slope Logging Conference, to be held in Vancouver at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel on March 2, 2016, visit or call (604) 990-9970.