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[Agroforestry] horselogging

Gary Williams mycos at shaw.ca
Fri Jun 30 00:47:43 EST 2006

While in Nanaimo (Van. Island, BC), back around '92 or thereabouts, I 
knew a fellow who worked with Erickson Air-Crane. They were working 
regularly back then, although it seems I remember the fellow saying 
something about the company reconsidering their presence on the Island. 
  I wish I knew some specifics regarding costs associated with selective 
logging using air-cranes, but what the numbers were I've since 
forgotten....if I ever heard any at all <g>.
However, I would think the margin fairly thin if they had to restrict 
themselves to the old-growth timber of the Island rainforest's. Otoh, 
the crew all made /huge/ money, so either the speed with which the crane 
can deliver makes up the difference, or it really isn't as expensive to 
fly as one would think. The number of middle-men that can be bypassed on 
the way to the mill (or barge) must make a big difference to the bottom 
line as well.

Gary Williams

LenihSim at aol.com wrote:
> hi all,
>           i have  noticed some posts about selective logging in bc coastal 
> forests using  horsepower. we are a full time commercial horselogging outfit 
> from ireland  currently working in cumbria. we came to cumbria to do selective 
> logging on very  steep ground [45degrees+] for the national trust / national 
> parks/ woodland  trust. some of the timber in these stands was large diameter 
> douglas fir and  european larch which was planted at the turn of the century. 
> horses have always  worked steep ground in the past and it is no different for us 
> today. a horse can  zig/ zag up a steep hill rather than going straight up, 
> you can use the horse to  pull the trees down should they get caught up, you 
> can also extract the tree  without snedding it and this acts as a brake. in 
> really steep ground you can fit  a rigid set of shafts which stops the tree 
> running up on the horse. horselogging  might not be the fastest method of timber 
> extraction but it is definitly the  most enviromentaly friendly and seeing that 
> the only other method of doing  selective logging on steep slopes is a 
> helicopter i believe it would also be  more cost effective.
> simon lenihan.
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