|Dave and Marg at our dockside campsite.|
This is an active location for our local logging company, Western Forest Products. We're lucky. They responsibly maintain our renewable forest resources, and generate jobs and income for our community. You can find a detailed forest map by clicking here.
We didn't get to see any equipment in action, but we did find lots of unique machines at the ready.
|All lined up and ready to go at the Head.|
Heli-logging is used to reach cut blocks out of reach for traditional methods. There were two helicopters ready to transport loggers and extract trees.
|A VIH Kamov Ka-32 and it's grapple for lifting trees to the roadsides.|
|A smaller Hughes MD500 for transporting personnel.|
Here's some of the heavy equipment we found while riding the logging roads out in the bush.
|A multi-purpose CAT harvester/loader blocking the road.|
|A Madill mobile yarder to pull cut logs to the roadside.|
|Self loading logging truck.|
|An old water tanker truck poised for possible fire suppression.|
Back at the log sort there were more vehicles parked than I've ever seen. In addition to lots of pickups, there were ...
|Another yarder owned by Olympic Forest Products.|
|Large "fat" logging trucks to haul logs only on logging roads.|
|Wheeled log loader at the log dump.|
|Two dozers to move logs around in the log pond.|
|River Yarder offloads a fuel truck at the barge ramp at the Head.|
|Work boats at the logging dock at the Head of Powell Lake.|
It's so interesting to see how the logging industry works. Each year Western Forest Products conducts forest tours. Last year I had a chance to go. If you ever have the opportunity, take it.
p.s. I am not an expert with logging equipment, if you see any errors please let me know. -- Margy