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     December 1996 January 1997 Past Issue

Timber Sales Fund Innovative Harvesting Training Program

Eighteen people are learning new harvesting techniques.

By Jim Stirling
Copyright 1996. Contact publisher for permission to use.

Eighteen people are learning new harvesting and silvicultural techniques on the job in an unusual co-operative training program underway this winter in the southeast Yukon.

The 18 are members of the Liard First Nation in Watson Lake, Yukon. The band was awarded a 75,000 m3 licence in the La Biche River Valley by the federal government, but band members lacked the necessary skills to harvest it. The band invited interested parties to bid on a training package that will be paid for by proceeds from what is logged. Ted Cobbett Resources of Fort Nelson, BC seized the opportunity.

"There is no bureaucracy, no problems and no BS," declares Cobbett. "People told me all the problems I'd have with this but so far I've had no problems whatsoever. I'd rather have my 18 students than 180 from anywhere else." Cobbett is a logging contractor and operates a wood yard in Fort Nelson, sending logs by rail for processing at Rustad Bros. & Co. Ltd.'s mill in Prince George. A primary reason for the smooth start to the project is the students' determination to succeed. The group ranges from 19 to 45, including four women. "We interviewed about 50 people and 18 were picked for their desire to do it," reports project co-ordinator Kathleen Shepherd. "They turned out to be a terrific bunch of people who haven't missed a day."

The other key participant in the project is the Northern Lights Regional College in Fort Nelson that developed and presented an intensive training package. It started last September with a crash course in life skills at the request of the band before immersion in the forest industry. The Northern Lights course covered the rules and regulations covering harvesting and silvicultural practices, including WCB safety regulations, first aid, the Forest Practices Code and an introduction to forest ecology. Then the emphasis was switched to the methods, the machinery and the techniques that the students would use in the bush. Instruction was given in hand falling, bucking and on the operation of the type of feller bunchers, skidders and butt n top log loaders they will be using this winter. The practical application was supported by instruction in heavy equipment maintenance and repair.

Throughout the paper gauntlet and the practical work, the students have maintained an amazingly positive outlook, says Shepherd. The students were expected to stay in the bush from freeze-up in November to the end of the regular harvesting season in April. They were to be supervised by their college instructor, and by and Cobbet and his representatives.

The skills and experience the students acquire during the winter is expected to open employment doors, improve self-esteem and provide a blueprint for other band members. "There's no government money underwriting the training program," says Shepherd. "It is a very innovative program." It has also attracted considerable attention. "There are a lot of eyes on us to see how well we do," she says.

December 1996 / January 1997 Table of Contents

Evans cited as first code victim
Soaring stumpage fees and Forest Code-inflated logging costs forced Evans Forest Products to its knees. Other mills could be facing the same fate.

Timber Sales Fund Innovative Harvesting Training Program
Eighteen people are learning new harvesting techniques.

Riding the OSB boom
Hedging against a downturn, Weyerhaeuser invests $16 million to improve recovery at its OSB plant at Slave Lake, Alberta.

Cost conscious cut-to-length
Setting up a new CTL show in remote northern Manitoba, Art Riemer wanted dependable equipment - but not at a price that would turn his accountant surly.

Sticking in a Tough Market
At Fort Nelson, the world's largest chopstick plant produces eight million units a day for demanding Japanese buyers.

CCMC Furthering Aspen as a Commercial Species in BC
CCMC is a pioneering company making exclusive use of high-quality aspen.

Tech Update: Cable Yarding Systems
A review of the different cable yarding systems that are available on the marketplace

Helicopter Logging Capability Guide
Heli-logging remains a practical harvesting alternative in many of British Columbia's mountainous regions.

The Eagle Flies
At the site of an abandoned chip mill in Miramichi, Eagle Forest Products turns the key on a new $100 million OSB plant.

New Centre Targets Value-Aded Training
With an estimated 30,000 skilled workers needed in the value-added sector in BC by 2001, the industry has moved to address a potentially serious training shortfall.

Haliburton: A Multi-Use Model
Ontario's Haliburton Forest, a popular recreation site, also hosts extensive forestry research and education programs - and a unique 'one stem at a time' selective logging program.

Yard Handling and Storage Critical to Aspen Quality
Few mill yards contain a fridge for wood, a fibre source to keep a manufacturing plant in business when green production is curtailed.

Northern Mills Address Need for Added Kiln Proficiency
The added market value of kiln-dried lumber is driving a push for new technology and added training for operators.

Supplier Newsline
Trade magazine ads pay off.


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