Computer Age Making Huge
Strides With Logging Contractors and Mills
An Alberta company is delivering what's being
described as the "cutting edge" in computer software for logging contractors and
Getting a West Coast Workout
The Schaeff Mobile Walking Excavator, dubbed "The Amazing Spiderhoe" is proving
its stuff doinge creek restoration and slide clean-ups on Vancouver Island.
Glen Clark taking his
own path, doing more deals along the way.
He wants more jobs and less trashing of his deficit budgets in return for more favourable
taxes for business.
New Loader for
Thanks to a new Tong Dog Loader, productivity is on the rise
This supply/demand scenario was the general theme at Widman Outlook Conference, held in
Vancouver in December.
Still, for 1998 the fundamentals look good. Economic growth for the US of 2.5 per cent
and for Canada of 3.5 per cent was forecast by Patricia Mohr, a Bank of Nova Scotia
Economist. While lower than the growth rates for 1997, they nevertheless reflect strong
economies for 1998.
If the Smithers plant had a secure fibre source this could create more jobs and deliver
additional quality products into expanded markets.
R & D takes a hit
with closure of MacMillan Bloedel lab
The view is that more, not less, R and D is needed. Some industry commentators say that
without the MB lab the industry has lost its vision for the future.
Words of Wisdom
Forest Expo was a five-day event with 175 exhibitors and was attended by about 14,000
people. It boasted $20 million worth of forest equipment on display.
Thou Shalt Not
A computerized virtual-boundary system will help harvesting machine operators steer clear
of troublefrom the Forest Practices Code.
Warms Slowly To Automatic Tree Planting
It's not about to put all tree planters out of work, but a proven automatic system is said
to deliver low-cost tree planting.
A Touch of Prince George
Check out Exhibition Park in Prince George on the day before Forest Expo opens and that
summarizes the typical reaction. From the confusion of humanity and machinery, it looks
like there's no way Canada's top forestry show can be ready for action in less than 24