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HarvestTECH News Summary – March 2024

A lot is happening this month.  We cover an exciting update to SCA’s trials of their electric log truck in Sweden. The truck has been operating for 1.5 years, completes six 30 km rounds each day and requires 2 charges. We also have new details on field tests of the first-ever machine designed for autonomous tree planting operations. This is an important step in the ongoing development and could be a game changer if commercialised.

In other developments, Interpine Innovation has released a new digital tool that promises better management of forest felling waste. This promises to reduce the environmental risks associated with managing slash from logging operations and the potential for downstream damage following heavy rains.

Finally, it’s not all good news, as the NZ Forest Industry Safety Council’s Toroawhi initiative is coming to an end. It’s been a great success and has significantly improved worker engagement and well-being across the country.

There are plenty of stories this month. So, sit back, grab a coffee and enjoy the read.

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Toroawhi initiative comes to an end

The Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) is announcing today that our Toroawhi / Worker Champion initiative is coming to an end. The Toroawhi initiative started in February 2020 as a pilot sponsored by WorkSafe. But the funding and initiative will ...
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New tool to manage forestry slash

Better management of forest felling waste has gained new impetus in Cyclone Gabrielle’s wake, with the sector firmly in the spotlight for the impact such waste has had on communities, ecosystems, and farmland downstream from harvest areas. Rotorua-based forest management ...
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February NZ log market update

Opinion Piece: Marcus Musson, Director, Forest360 February has kicked off with a hiss and a roar with log exporters pulling out the pencil sharpeners and publishing prices in the mid to high $130’s for A grade (except for Bluff and Lyttleton where you ...
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First unmanned forestry machine tested

A study published in the Journal of Field Robotics assessed the world’s first unmanned machine designed for autonomous forestry operations. Investigators demonstrated that using computer vision, autonomous navigation, and manipulator control algorithms, their newly developed machine can safely, accurately, and ...
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New CEO for Forest Industry Contractors Association

The Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) has announced the appointment of Rowan Struthers as its new CEO. An experienced professional who has worked across the forestry sector in various roles including senior leadership and forest management, Rowan will take over ...
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30,000 Machine Milestone

Tigercat Industries is pleased to announce that it has built and shipped its 30,000th machine in January 2024, just over 30 years into its existence. From humble beginnings in 1992 when Tigercat had a single product, very little dealer representation, ...
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Who needs skidders? – elephant logging in Burma

An extract from Ross Lockyer’s book, That’s What Elephants are For appears in the February 2024 issue of NZ Logger. It’s an amazing read – and an amazing story. In mid-1984, Ross Lockyer was offered a consultancy with the Asian ...
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