May 2007

John Deere’s new 959J feller buncher is earning its keep at two logging operations in British Columbia, on the Coast and in the Interior.

Prescribed burns show that mountain pine beetle-infected wood heightens the unpredictable nature of forest fire fighting, and that the wood has a dramatically higher fire spread rate.

Deere’s new 959J buncher earns its keep
Deere’s new 959J buncher earned its spurs in BC this past winter, working on steep slopes on the Coast and in the southern Interior, and powering easily through six feet of snow.

Upgrade delivers increases in value and recovery
With a $12 million upgrade completed, Western Forest Products’ Cowichan Bay sawmill will be seeing increases in both value and recovery from its coastal wood diet.

Finding the balance
BC’s Triumph Timber uses an ecosystembased management system to find ways to balance social and economic values with its harvesting plans.

Moving on up—to the LogMax 6000
New Brunswick contractor Greg Shaddick’s move from a LogMax 5000 head to a LogMax 6000 head—the first of its kind to work in North America—has resulted in some solid production gains.

Using all the tools
Contractor Dan Lavoie employs a number of tools to harvest effectively in the bush, one of them being the first tracked harvester in Quebec equipped with the Ponsse Opti 4G computer system.

New pellet plant for Canfor
Using innovation and creative partnerships on the residual wood side, Canfor’s Houston region has set up a new pellet manufacturing plant.

New iron—and new digs—for Alberta show
Great weather, new digs and a variety of new equipment greeted attendees at the recent northern alberta Forestry Show in Grande Prairie.

50 The Last Word: Making use of Model Forests
George Fullerton says Canada’s model forests could be very helpful in developing action plans to reduce the impact of the mountain pine beetle.


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