Steep slope harvesting with winch-assisted machines has been steadily increasing in western Canada. Although this technique is still new here, winch systems with harvesters and forwarders have been used in Europe for more than 20 years.
FPInnovations partnered with Forest Liaison Inc. to produce a best practice manual for winch-assisted harvesters. Forest Liaison Inc. brings a wealth of training expertise with cut-to-length harvesting and adapts it to steep slope operations with winches.
With funding from the Northern Development Initiative Trust, FPInnovations and Forest Liaison Inc. developed a manual that contains techniques and processes developed and implemented by some of the best operators in the world who have achieved high production in the most cost-effective and safest manner possible.
“Every stage of planning, felling, delimbing, and cutting product to length is covered,” explains Jim Hunt, Lead Scientist, Resource Management at FPInnovations. “These best practices are designed to help make operators more successful.”
For more information about this project, please contact Jim Hunt.