The Alberta and BC governments are encouraging creative initiatives to help control the mountain pine beetle. A solution offered by equipment manufacturer Risley Equipment involved modifications to its Rolly processor head (pictured on the cover on a TimberPro 630) so it can function as a felling attachment and chipper. (Photo courtesy of Risley Equipment)
It’s an unusual situation, but the forest industry is experiencing a shortage of certain skilled workers at a time when the industry as a whole is seeing large-scale layoffs.
Making the move to cut-to-length chipping
Ontario logger Louie Ricci is dealing with changes in the industry, making the move to cut-to-length processing and purchasing additional wood chippers.
Going to grinders and chippers
Several Alberta logging contractors are diversifying their operations, using wood grinders and chippers from Bandit Industries to offer biomass production and pine beetle control services.
Treading carefully in shelterwood
Logging contractor Buddy Lowery is able to make a go of it at the delicate logging required in shelterwood harvesting, thanks to a good crew and nimble harvesting equipment.
Head offers processing/ chipping flexibility
A TimberPro/Risley Rolly chipper equipment combo is working well in beetle wood, with the Rolly offering the added flexibility of also being a processing head.
Good numbers at Forest Expo
In spite of tough industry conditions, it was another successful Forest and Resources Expo, with good attendance at the Prince George show.
Reducing energy costs at the mill
Flakeboard is investing $16.5 million in projects that will reduce the cost of raw materials, conserve energy and expand product diversity at its Sault Ste Marie, Ontario operation.
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