Steep Slope Logging 2017

New innovations and operating practices suited to North American harvesting operations
  • 20 Apr 2017, Kelso, Washington, USA

Steep Slope Logging 2017

What was covered?

  • Find out what the world’s leading steep slope logging experts are doing
  • Safely fell and bunch on slopes up to 100% without hand felling
  • Learn how you can access valuable fibre productivity in difficult terrain

Who attended?

  • Forestry managers
  • Forest owners
  • Harvest planners
  • Harvesting contractors
  • Technical foresters
  • Forestry H&S managers
  • Forestry consultants
  • Plantation forestry researchers


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Who Will Attend


19 April 2017 | Pre-Conference

Evening Ice breaker

20 April 2017 | Conference

Session 1 | International developments in steep slope logging
  • A paradigm shift in forest contracting: Mechanization down under
  • The Falcon Forestry story: Recent advances and future plans
  • When the logger is also the manufacturer: The Climbmax Approach to safe steep slope harvesting
  • Building and operating a dual purpose system steep slope machine
Session 2 | Kiwi contractor innovations in steep slope mechanisation
  • A world first: Remote controlled mechanical tree felling on steep terrain – early trial results
  • An engineering approach to tethered harvesting: Development of the EMS tethering system
  • A contracting approach to mechanical harvesting systems on slopes: Experiences and learnings
Session 3 | Gaining wider insights into emerging technical issues
  • Winch assist clam bunk harvesting/forwarding in BC – early indications of costs & performance
  • Equipment suppliers: Technical views on steep slope harvesting mechanization developments
  • Key industry-identified risk management issues for mechanised harvesting operations
  • Practical outcomes from FPInnovations’ steep slope initiative
  • PANEL: Can the Kiwi paradigm shift successfully translate to the Pacific Northwest?

21 April 2017 | Field Tours

  • Tractionline/Summit Field Tour
  • ClimbMAX Field Tour