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Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is seeking to recruit up to 4 new members for its Central Scotland Regional Forestry Forum.
The Forum, one of five across the country, advises on the development and implementation of the Scottish Forestry Strategy. It liaises with the Commission’s Conservancy staff, who oversee the general promotion forestry in Central Scotland, and with Forest District staff who manage the National Forest Estate in the Central Scotland region.
Anyone with a strong interest in enhancing benefits from trees, woods and forests in Central Scotland can apply but the Forum will also look for particular knowledge of and experience in a relevant area, such as agriculture, woodland/forest management, urban or community forestry, timber processing, planning or environment/conservation work.
Generally the Forum consists of 12–15 members who represent the economic, environmental and social aspects of forestry and land management interests.
It meets two to three times per year, although participation in working groups may be required to take forward specific issues.
The three year appointment, which might be extended for a further period, are voluntary and unpaid but reasonable travel costs, at the appropriate rate, will be reimbursed.
The roles of the Regional Forestry Forums are:
· to advise Conservators on regional implementation of the Scottish Forestry Strategy and provide a regional perspective on the Strategy’s future development;
· to develop close relationships with regional industry groups;
· to promote the principle of local forestry frameworks, indicative forestry strategies, and other woodland strategies; their development and implementation;
· to advise FCS on the suitability of frameworks and strategies which are in preparation;
· to advise FCS Forest District Managers managing the National Forest Estate on their Forest District Strategic Plans;
For an application form please email: email@example.com or write to Linda McKay at Forestry Commission Scotland, Central Scotland Conservancy, Bothwell House, Hamilton Business Park, Caird Park, Hamilton, ML3 0QA.
Completed Applications should be submitted to the above address no later than Friday, 30th June 2017
Stylish BLACK cabin for professionalsPresenting a new control system and revolutionary control panels
The Finnish forest machine manufacturer Logset Oy celebrates 25 years in business by presenting a new black look for the machines. Both the harvester and forwarder have black cabins. The forwarder also has a new design on the bumper and the bonnet protection. The production of the black machines has started and the first machines with the new look will be seen during the Elmia Wood exhibition in Sweden in the beginning of June.
The new look of the machines includes a new control system designed by Logset for both forwarders and harvesters : Total Operation and Control 2 (TOC 2). The graphic design as well as the menus of the TOC 2 have been completely renewed to make navigation faster and even more intuitive.
In addition to the renewed TOC 2 for the base machine, Logset has also developed a new measuring system for harvester heads : Total Operation and Control – Measuring Device 2 (TOC-MD 2). Both systems are Linux-based and they represent a new generation of the original programs.
Together with the new control system, Logset presents revolutionary control panels that have the best design on the market. The new design is protected. The new operating levers allow the driver to seamlessly interact with the machine’s control system and crane. The new operating levers for harvesters have 13 buttons on each handle, which means 26 buttons in total.
Throughout the years, Logset has had a clear policy of investing in research and development. Logset has launched the world’s first hybrid harvester, the Logset 12 H GTE Hybrid, The Friendly Giant. It is environmentally friendly and powerful like a giant. Its hybrid technology reduces carbon emissions almost by one third per produced cubic meter. In Spring 2017, the company launched two new harvester heads : TH85 and TH65 Euca. The TH85 harvester head can be mounted on the hybrid. All these products will also been seen at Elmia Wood this June.
John Deere is launching a longed-for global first at Elmia Wood. The company has now developed its crane-tip control for harvesters too. There will also be the opportunity to test operate several forest machines plus do tests on simulators at the John Deere stand.
“Visitors can try out the new technology during the fair,” says Dieter Reinisch of John Deere.
Crane-tip control for forest machines is a true Elmia Wood innovation, which has been developed over the past three fairs. John Deere presented the concept with the help of a forwarder simulator in 2009, which contractors could test and comment on. At Elmia Wood 2013 it was time for the world premiere of forwarders with crane-tip control, which has become a much-appreciated function.
“Our customers say they move an extra load every shift thanks to crane-tip control,” Reinisch says.
And now it’s time for what the industry has been talking about for ten years: crane-tip control for harvesters. This world first is being presented at Elmia Wood, installed in a John Deere 1270 harvester. Visitors to the fair can test the function both in reality and on simulators.
John Deere is also presenting an updated version of its crane-tip control for harvesters. The innovations are in the software, which means that contractors who already have the function on their forwarders can obtain the innovations at their next service opportunity.
All of John Deere’s machine models will be exhibited at the fair, including the three new mid-size forwarders in the G series: the 1110G, 1210G and 1510G. Also being shown is the first harvester in the G series, the 1170G with eight wheels. It is a smaller-size machine with a broad range of uses from thinning to easier final felling.
One recurring request at previous fairs has been for the opportunity to test operate the machines. This wish will now be granted. John Deere is offering the chance to test operate its forwarders with a rotating and levelling cab. This function is almost standard in the Nordic markets but elsewhere contractors often choose a fixed cab for cost reasons.
“At Elmia Wood they have the chance to experience the added value of a rotating and levelling cab,” Dieter Reinisch says.
The Great Lakes Region and the Northeastern United States is a key market for Logset. The area has embraced the Scandinavian cut-to-length (CTL) method of logging, and both Fabick CAT and Milton CAT are leading suppliers of CTL solutions in their territories.
Logset machines will give Fabick CAT and Milton CAT technology leadership within CTL solutions, and further strengthen their positions as a full-line, full-service forestry solutions providers. Logset will ship middle sized and large forwarders, harvesters and harvester heads to U.S.
Fabick Cat’s Vice President of Sales, John Quillico is pleased about the new cooperation.
We are excited about representing the Logset CTL product in our territory. The addition of Logset’s rubber-tired harvester and forwarder products allow us to provide a complete CTL solution to our customers. This expansion of our product offering, along with our commitment to product support, positions Fabick CAT to be a reliable partner to our forestry customers, especially the ones looking to improve their efficiency in the woods.
Peter Collins, Milton CAT’s Forest Products Manager agrees.
Logset is a forest machine manufacturer producing CTL solutions. All products; harvesters, forwarders, harvester heads and simulators are manufactured in the company’s factory located in Koivulahti, Finland. Logset machines are exported to 25 countries and export accounts for 85% of the production.
Fabick Cat is the dealer for Caterpillar machinery and power systems in the Great Lakes Region. The company is proud to be celebrating 100 Years of service in 2017. They have nearly 1 200 skilled employees working in 37 locations.
Milton CAT is the Northeastern United States Dealer for Caterpillar machinery and power systems. The company has expanded to thirteen locations and has a team of over 900 dedicated and experienced employees.
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Liebherr of Germany is holding the world premiere of its new loader at Elmia Woods new section Load and Transport. Load and Transport focuses on logistics of raw materials from forest to industry.
The machine is called the 518 and is the largest so far with stereo steering.
“Stereo means articulated steering combined with a steerable rear axle,” explains Jörg Miethke, CEO of Liebherr Sweden.
Stereo steering already exists on some of Liebherr’s smaller loaders. The combination of articulated steering plus a steerable rear axlegives a more flexible machine with a tighter turning radius.
“There is also a lower risk that the centre of gravity ends up too far out during lifting. This means the machine can lift more,” Miethke says.
The updated L 580 LogHandler XPower loader is being presented for the first time in Sweden at Elmia Wood. It is designed for timber handling and has a newly developed driveline that combines hydrostatic drive and conventional forward drive. By using the method best suited to each situation it is possible to reduce fuel consumption by 30 percent.
The third innovation from Liebherr is a new version of the LH 35 M Timber Litronic, a self-propelledcrane for timber handling. The chassis is new and it is now possible to attach a log trailer, which enables the machine to handle and transport timber by itself without the help of a truck.
New area at the fair
Elmia Wood 7–10 June 2017 is the premiere of the Load & Transport exhibition area, which focuses on the construction and maintenance of forest roads, the transport of forest raw materials, and timber handling at terminals and woodyards.
Elmia Wood 7–10 June
Elmia Wood is the world’s leading forestry fair and is held every four years outdoors in the forests south of Jönköping, Sweden. The last Elmia Wood (2013) had over 500 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors from around the world and was widely reported on by the international trade press. On 7–10 June 2017 the global forest industry will meet again.
At the AGM, the HSE reminded the meeting of the challenge ahead, to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries from the timber supply chain. In his presentation, Iain Sutherland of the HSE referred to the fatal accident of the chainsaw user in January 2017 at Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.
The new Articles & Rules were adopted with an 83% majority voting in favour of Resolution 1.
(The adopted Articles and Rules can be found on the FISA website at https://www.ukfisa.com/news-events/news/fisa-2017-agm.html)
Alastair Sandels FISA Chair, gave a personal view of the challenges faced and recognised the concerns of members. These include improving FISA communications, setting priorities and supporting contractors.
Gillian Clark, FISA CEO set out FISA’s current priorities, which included:
Simon Wallis, FISA FWM trainer, described progress made with FWM training, and discussed the pivotal role of the FWM in managing site safety. The challenge for the industry is to ensure that FWM’s are competent to carry out the role.
FISA’s priorities will be made available to members to view, together with regular updates on progress on the FISA website from July 2017. The FISA website will also show more clearly who the Working Group and Steering Group members are.
For many people a chain will be the most important new product at Elmia Wood. Specifically, the newly developed X-CUT saw chain from Husqvarna.
The Husqvarna X-CUT SP33G was presented last autumn in some markets, including Sweden. But everyone else will see it for the first time at the
“Our chain specialists will be at our stand,” says Hanna Nordquist, who is in charge of Husqvarna’s participation at the fair.
The new chain is the result of research right down to the level of the materials. The company has also invested in a new production unit to utilise the very latest technology. The unit is located very close to Elmia Wood in the town of Huskvarna.
So far the chain is only available in a single version with a varying number of drive links. The version is the one most commonly used with chainsaws, with a pitch of 0.325 inches and a 1.3 mm gauge. More versions are being developed.
Faster with lower vibrations
The X-CUT differs from comparable products by cutting faster with lower vibrations. It stays sharp longer than competing chains on the market and is supplied pre-stretched, so it can be used immediately and does not need filing so often.
“The X-CUT is developed to function optimally with Husqvarna’s chainsaws,” Nordquist says.
Nothing beats hands-on experience, though, and many of the fair’s visitors will undoubtedly want to pick up a chainsaw to feel the difference for themselves.
At Elmia Wood Husqvarna is exhibiting its entire programme of chainsaws, brushcutters, accessories and solutions for professional forestry.
Elmia Wood 7–10 June
Elmia Wood is the world’s leading forestry fair and is held every four years outdoors in the forests south of Jönköping, Sweden. The last Elmia Wood (2013) had over 500 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors from around the world and was widely reported on by the international trade press. On 7–10 June 2017 the global forest industry will meet again.
The feedback from test operators and customers has been very good and guide bars for chainsaws are also available.
The Loadhandler Unloader LH2200M is apurpose built pickup truck accessory for simply and safely unloading materials from your pickup truck. The Loadhandler is an ideal tool for
groundworkers, landscape gardeners, tree surgeons, log merchants, farming, nurserymen, equestrian use, builders and DIY – in fact anybody who needs to transport loose, bagged or palletised materials in a pickup.
With a little modification in the workshop, the LM3000 Loadhandler could even be used to unload flat-bed trucks and trailers.
The Loadhandler system consists of a strong heavy gauge low-friction poly fabric ‘Dragsheet’ rolled onto a steel bar that runs the length of the
I came across these hydraulic hoses at the FinnMetko show and I couldn’t believe just how flexible they were. The ¾ multi spiral was almost as flexible as the hosepipe for watering the garden.
This is a really good move forward considering the amount of times I have tried to bend a ¾ hose onto a fitting on a cold winters day ending up with a serious lack of skin on my knuckles and the contents of my thermos flask poured over the pipe to try and warm it up. I will never ever forget the days when you get it all back together, then the proper screaming begins as your hands start to warm up.
These hoses are designed for forestry use and will withstand a temperature range from -40°C to +121°C with a working pressure of up to 420 bar. They are available from 3/16” up to 3” with up to six spiral wound steel posts.
Jere Wennstrom of Wennstrom Machinery Oy uses these hoses on his harvesting equipment and would never use any other type. “The working life of the Flex-it hoses way outlast any others we have used in the past and we have encountered no problems with them at all. We use them on all our forestry equipment”.
For more information visit www.flexit-hydraulics.fi
Automatic log bagging has arrived! –Vepak is a unique machine for efficient production of firewood in nets or plastic bags, stacking logs in the chamber at a rate of 1 log per second, and filling a bag from the chamber in 2 seconds! The machine gives you neatly packed bags with a much higher production rate than that what is achievable with manual labour.
Fuelwood launched this machine at the APF, the first one in the UK, the first one of its kind and the interest was phenomenal.
The first unit is now sold and installed and working at the customer's premises.
For more information visit www.fuelwood.co.uk
The new WOODCRACKER® CL190 is the smallest of the C-series cutting heads, but it still should not be underestimated.
With its agile and flexible design, the CL190 is perfectly suitable for small trees up to 25cm in diameter in weak wood. The machine is mounted rigidly and stands out with its lightness and can be attached to small excavators from 2 tons net weight. The strong gripper holds and cuts small trees or bushes with ease. The unabeatable price-performance ratio makes fast tree harvest in the agricultural sector aswell as for professional landscape maintenance possible and affordable.
For more information: www.westtech.at
WFW of Germany, (Waldburg Forstmaschinen Wolfegg) organised the 20th edition of Wolfegg Forsttage, on 23rd-25th September. The event was used to showcase the new Bruks Mobile Chipper, the 806 PT Trailer.
This machine has been developed specifically for the Central European market, but there is also interest in this concept from other markets. The machine on show is the first prototype with mass production expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017.
The concept for this machine is that it will be pulled and powered by a large agricultural trailer from Parator in Sweden. Parator is a well-renowned manufacturer with many year’s experience of building truck trailers for transporting timber and chips, as well as other speciality trailers. The trailer is approved for 65 or 80 km/h, depending on the choice of axles and wheels.
The 806 wood chipper is the most popular model and is used as a chipping package with its own engine, but also in truck configurations where the truck engine powers the chipper. In this case we use the 806 chipper in a standard configuration with a rolling feed table for an aggressive input. Output of chips is through our efficient chip accelerator then out through the chip tube, which makes the discharge very precise. As is always the case with our input, chipping method and discharge of chips, the results are a high level of production, low use of fuel and a good quality, consistent chip quality.
For the chipper transmission and hydraulics, we have partly chosen components that we use in our truck configurations and this guarantees that they will cope with the large forces that must be transmitted.
The hydraulics required for chipping are mounted on the unit. The hydraulic pumps are mounted in the transmission line and they are separate connect and disconnectable, which means it is possible to connect the hydraulics and use it without the chipper being connected and rotating. Hydraulic valves are mounted in an easily accessible cabinet on the side of the chipper. The hydraulic tank and the hydraulic oil cooler are also mounted in this cabinet. Hydraulic valves, pumps and other components from suppliers such as Bosch Rexroth, Parker and Sunfab guarantee effective andreliable operation.
The crane for feeding the chipper is an Epsilon M70F that is powered by the tractor’s hydraulic system. Even here we have chosen to use a crane that is tried and tested and acknowledged as good from the market-leading supplier in Central Europe.
In summary, we can say that we have built a machine from building blocks that are tried and tested and using technology that we have mastered completely. We look forward to this becoming a very competitive machine in the European market. Ola Galfvensjön
For more information visit www.bruks.com
I was particularly impressed by a self-powered, portable
Silvatrade de-limber that I saw working while I was out in Austria. The
de-limber is ideally suited for the quick processing of softwood timber and is totally
independent, meaning it can be used virtually anywhere. The construction of the
supporting base and the weight of the de-limber, 1450 kilos, make it stable enough
to cope with large trees without needing to be anchored. The internal hydraulic
system works by passing the tree through the front roller which drives the
hydraulic pump; once the tree has gone through the knives and rollers open
automatically, ready for the next tree. The de-limber has five knives, one
fixed and four movable, the
hydraulic accumulator ensures a constant pressure to the knives
In close cooperation with Indextator, Tamtron have developed a new wireless weighing link to be fitted onto all timber handling loaders to fully optimise each truckload and maximise profit.
The operation is dynamic and quick with no need to stop the loader for weighing. The receiver reads the signal from the weigh-link by a special algorithm and automatically determines the weight, giving the operator an audible and visual signal for each grabful.
The weigh-link is quick and easy to install and is made from special hardened steel, meaning it can withstand the challenges of the timber industry.
Accuracy has improved to better than +/-2% and will not be affected by oil temperature or radio signals.
Tamtron has customised settings giving the option of separate users, species loads, etc, and all data can be transferred from the receiver to a computer via USB.
For more information: www.clark-engineering.com
A major problem when extracting wood from stump to
roadside is the damage caused to the ground by rutting and compaction of the
soil by the forwarder/clam bunk. Recent studies show that most of this damage is
done by the rear wheels on each bogie as they carry a higher load, which
results in a bigger impact on the ground.
In cooperation with the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Welte's Engineers have found a solution to this problem by designing a load sensing parallel pressure hydraulic system for the bogies. Although the hydraulic cylinder could be mistaken for a bogie lift it is far more sophisticated than that; it's an automatic, self-sufficient system that balances the pressure on each wheel and it can be can be switched on or off.
The system has been scientifically proven to work as they tested a Welte W130K Forwarder with the system both on and off at 648 measuring points along the extraction route and measured the impact on the soil at 10/20 and 30cm depths with a Troxler 3444 isotope probe (A Troxler is an isotope probe for non-destructive density and moisture measurement by means of radioisotopes). The test two sites were selected with different conditions/soil types, and the forwarder was driven at speeds up to 5km/hr in a stop start situation over numerous obstacles and trenches at various points along the trail at a constant 5km/hr to study the effects.
The results demonstrate that there was 30% less pressure on the forest road and 50% less pressure on the forest extraction route with the RaLaReg system switched on.
In addition to the considerable reduction in the machines footprint another benefit of this system was the big increase in traction, which further reduced environmental damage.
Rotatech Chain Saw Chain Trial
I was recently asked by Northern Arb Supplies if I would be interested in
trialling their Rotatech chainsaw chains, which they have been selling successfully
since 2014. Originally sold as Piranha chains, they were so successful the
company decided to re-brand them as Rotatech, Northern Arb's own brand, a well
known and a respected name within the Arboriculture, Sawmill and Bio-mass
They sent two chains, a 20" 3/8 chain for a Husqvarna 576 and a 15".325 chain for a Husqvarna 560, pre-stretched prior to use, resulting in less adjustment to the tensioner with chrome plated cutters for maximum hardness. Professional timber feller Duncan Davidson agreed to trial them in order to see how they matched his usual brands.
Duncan uses both saws, the Husqvarna 360 for brashing and the Husqvarna 576 for felling oversized trees that cannot be processed by a Harvester. Duncan had been brashing heavily branched trees outside Sitka Spruce and he said he couldn't find any faults with the chain; he admitted to being harder on it than he would have usually been and said that if the chain had been of poor quality it would have definitely snapped. He was also impressed with how well it kept its edge. The larger trees he had been felling were on a flood plane with possibly a lot of grit in the bark and he thought this might have affected the 3/8th chain as he was having to touch it up every two to three fills of fuel; however, again while it was sharp it cut well with no other problems.
At the end of the second week Duncan had only been using the two saws with the Rotatech chains. The Husqvarna 560 with the .325 chain performed as well as any other chain he has used for brashing and felling medium sized trees. Duncan was pleased with it as the edge has kept particularly well and he will still have a lot more use out of it. The 3/8th chain on the Husqvarna 576 didn't keep its edge as well as the .325 chain and had to be sharpened more often than his usual brand, but other than that he had no problems with it.
The quality of the chains is good enough for everyday professional chainsaw users and although the 3/8th chain didn't seem as hard as the .325 and wore down a bit quicker, both chains performed well beyond Duncan's expectations for the low price, giving good value for money.
Clark's Engineering are manufacturing a completely new
design of Feed Rollers which are creating a big stir in the Forest Industry.
These rollers are made out of high grade hardened alloy steel, which give them a long life span while keeping their weight down. They are also compatible with most makes of harvesting heads.
Lewis Bowsher, who works for Timbertech Harvesting in the Scottish Borders, recently had a set fitted to his John Deere 1270e.
This is what Lewis had to say about them:
"Up to now I haven't touched any pressures or braking values. I have just swapped the wheels but straight away I noticed a big difference, the traction is something else and it feeds very positively. In the morning I was harvesting about 90m3 an hour in 0.5/0.6 average tree size and although they look very aggressive they work very well and don't damage the stem while feeding. I was a bit wary of this when I first saw them. I think you could get away with running lighter pressures in the head which would reduce diesel consumption and also give the harvesting head an easier life. They are very well made and I had no issues with fitting them, they look like they are built to last."
Some other contractors I spoke to also had really positive feedback:
"The design of the double grip tooth doesn't clog up like the older wheels so there is very little slippage and no double feeding, which is giving me lower fuel consumption/higher volume per hour."
"Even in species with very thick bark, like pine, they have so much grip and I have been averaging an extra 20m3 per day."
It looks like Clark Engineering are on to a winner with their new design.
For more information please visit www.clark-engineering.com
Over the next year, the Forestry Research Institute is to test a forestry machine which will be operated with special tracks made of rubber intended for heavy machinery. The intention is that the new type of tracks will reduce soil damage and provide faster forwarding.
The same rubber tracks also improve driving comfort, which reduces the risk of drivers being injured by whole-body vibration. If the project succeeds, this new type of drive system could be fitted on traditional wheel machines.
Wheels and band tracks are an effective solution to driving around
in the woods, but it sometimes gives rise to land damage, especially on wet and soft ground. “We have therefore brought together manufacturers of tracks machines manufacturers of forest machines to build a machine that can run the full timber loads from the forest in a more gentle way”, says Tommy Blom, Art, Holmen AB, who is the initiator and project manager for OnTrack.
Although the project is primarily aimed at reducing the problem of damage caused by driving on wet and soft woodlands they are also money saving.
“We have reason to believe that rubber tracked machines can run significantly faster than on forest land wheel machines, which consequently would reduce the cost of transporting the timber from the forest”, says Bjorn Lofgren, a researcher at the Forestry Research Institute.
In order to compare the new machine with conventional technology, Skogforsk has been instructed to first test a Ponsse wheeled machine on an obstacle course. The machine is then built on the tracked machine and tested again. The plan is to trial it out in the woods in the autumn 2016 and then evaluated the performance over a year which will include studying ground impact and the driver’s environment.
LOGSET - The Live Demonstration
The LOGSET 510 HP, the most powerful wheeled harvester in action, was on demo on the forest drive, near Aberfoyle, Stirling on the 24th September 2016.
Read all about the demo in the next edition of Forest Machine Magazine
Official figures released today by the Forestry Commission show that the government is falling far short of its own tree-planting targets.
The Woodland Trust says that the "drastic decline" in new woodland planting is "appalling" and could have serious environmental consequences.
It accused government of missing its target in England by 86%.
The environment department, Defra, said it was committed to growing woodland cover.
Data published today by the Forestry Commission, the government body responsible for expanding Britain's woodlands, shows that 700 hectares (seven km2) of woodland was planted in England last year. The goal was to plant 5000 (50 km2).
Austin Brady from the Woodland Trust, said: "These figures are all the more shocking against the backdrop of the growing evidence of the importance of trees and woods in tackling air pollution, improving water quality and offering scope to deliver natural flood management.
"Something is drastically wrong with the way woodland planting is being supported across the various government departments that share responsibility for trees and woods."'Not fit for purpose'
The government has committed to planting 11 million trees between 2015 and 2020.
Environment Minister Elizabeth Truss has spoken of their importance in helping to prevent flooding.
Speaking in the House of Commons in December 2015 she said she wanted to look at the environment "on a catchment level, making sure that we put in place tree-planting programmes that can both reduce flood risk and improve the environment".
However, Mr Brady said: "There have been lots of really interesting and well-informed conversations - all the signals are positive, but the system of delivering the grants and getting things moving on the ground is not matching up with the fine words. It is not fit for purpose."
The UK is one of the least wooded nations in Europe. Only 10% of England is covered in trees. Average woodland cover in the EU is 37%.
Government funding has been made available but grant schemes for planting trees changed last year.
There have been delays in processing contracts and payments. Under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme there are rigid rules determining the amount of land that needs to be planted and at what density to qualify for a grant.
There is also confusion around whether planting trees disqualifies farmers from part of their EU farm subsidy payments. This leads many farmers and landowners to avoid new planting altogether.Image copyright WTML\PaulGlendell Image caption The Woodland Trust says the UK is in danger of being deforested - more trees are being cut down than planted
A Defra spokesperson said: "Woodland cover in England is at its highest level since the 14th Century and we are committed to growing it even further.
"The Countryside Stewardship scheme is an important opportunity to help expand our nation's woodlands, which is why the Forestry Commission is supporting landowners to make applications through a series of workshops and online support."
The Woodland Trust says that more flexible schemes are needed to allow landowners with more limited space to be able to qualify for funding. There also needs to be more clarity. Currently the government departments involved in tree management include: Defra, the Forestry Commission, Natural England and the Environment Agency.
Along with the environmental benefits of trees, according to the government's Natural Capital Committee report, which aims to put a financial price on the "ecosystem services" provided by natural resources, "woodland planting of up to 250,000 additional hectares ... near towns and cities can generate net societal benefits in excess of £500 million per annum".
Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group, a Chinese renewable energy giant, is planning to invest €1 billion in a new wood-based biodiesel plant in Finland, as the country looks to replace fossil fuels with biofuels.
Kaidi said the plant would use wood-based biomass as its main raw material and it is scheduled to start operations in the northern city of Kemi by the end of 2019.
The plant is due to employ around 4,000 people during its construction.
This will offer a boost for an economy that has lost thousands of jobs in the past decade due to paper mills closing down as a result in the increase of digital devices.
Kaidi said it was attracted by Finland's vast forests and government subsidies.
"Finland is the most interesting investment target in the northern hemisphere, when it comes to biofuels," Kaidi Chairman Chen Yilong said in a statement.
Kaidi operates about 30 biomass plants in China and Vietnam, and the Kemi plant would be its first in Europe.
"This is very positive news for Lapland and for Finland. Wood processing and new wood-based products are a major thing for Finland," Employment Minister Jari Lindstrom said.
Timber production and jobs in the sector have increased by half since the last review in 2008.
Industry leaders have said new processing techniques are producing much more valuable wood products.
The work of the sector has also enabled other key Scottish industries to grow, such as in the energy, construction and tourism.
Foresters are now harvesting the benefits of a tree-planting boom in the 1970s and 1980s, with trees put into the ground then now reaching maturity.
This has led to a massive expansion of the timber industry - from harvesting, with contractors now employing highly efficient tree-felling machines, through to sawmilling and processing where new techniques are creating high-quality wood products for house construction, cladding and flooring.Significant boost
The report, from Forestry Commission Scotland, points out that a total of 25,000 people are now employed in forestry-related businesses in Scotland - including tourism and leisure.
There has been a significant boost to employment levels in the forest management and processing sector with more than 19,500 people now working in the industry - a jump of 6,500 compared with the previous report in 2008.
In 2008 timber production was about five million tonnes each year. It is currently sitting at record levels of 7.5 million tonnes per annum.
Speaking at a meeting with top forestry leaders later, Environment Minister Dr Aileen McLeod will officially launch the new Forestry Commission Scotland report.
She is expected to say that Scottish forestry is "very much a hidden success story" of the Scottish economy.
Stuart Goodall, chief executive of Confor, the trade association which promotes wood and forestry, said: "This report demonstrates the growing importance of Scotland's forest-based industry to both rural areas and the national economy, an industry that has bucked the trend and posted impressive growth since the downturn in 2008.
"Scotland has some of the most technologically-advanced sawmills in the world and the maturing of the forestry sector is supporting an increasing number and variety of relatively well-paid rural jobs.
"We welcome the support that the Scottish government has given to this booming industry and look forward to delivering even more jobs, economic growth and carbon reductions for the people of Scotland."
Plans to plant 100 million trees in Scotland by the end of 2015 has been missed by more than 11m, it has been revealed.
The Scottish Government unveiled their target in 2010 as part of a bid to cut emissions across the country.
The growth of the nation's forests by 3.7 per cent was touted as a flagship scheme for the government - as it hoped to demonstrate Scotland could lead the way on tackling pollution and climate change.
But now it has been revealed that the 100m target has been missed by more than 11m.
The dramatic shortfalling has come after government officials faced difficulties negotiating with farmers and landowners.
The pledge was a part of an international drive by Climate Group - an international environment non-profit - to have 1bn new trees planted across the world.
In 2014 Forestry Commission figures showed that more than 5m trees were felled to make space for the new trees - but only 1.6m trees were planted in their place.
When the planting target was announced the National Farmers Union Scotland said "the blunt tool of diverting resources to planting trees on good agricultural land" was "a trap we must avoid."
Last year "frustrating" encounters between the forestry and farming sectors were described by Scottish parliament's rural affairs, climate change and environment committee as being a major hurdle for the planting project.
Speaking at the time the committee convener Rob Gibson said that there was "little positive evidence that farming and forestry interests are truly integrating and working together on the scale required to play their part in reducing Scotland's carbon emissions."
Environment minister Aileen McLeod responded: "Scotland is actually punching well above its weight when it comes to new planting right across the whole of the UK - we have delivered around two-thirds of all planting since 2010."
The Barony College at Parkgate is under threat of closure. We are hearing that a move to Dumfries is being proposed. The Barony is one of only two facilities in Scotland that offer forestry training for new starters coming into the industry. The proposed move to the Dumfries site will make continued practical machinery training virtually impossible, indeed the proximity of residential properties will make most training on small equipment like chainsaws and brushcutters etc unlikely. The forest industry in Scotland needs a facility like the Barony if it were to close it would be a major loss.
Canadian company Norbord has announced that it plans to invest up to £95m in its wood panels factory near Inverness.
The expansion proposal could see the plant at Dalcross on the A96 double its annual production from 350,000 cubic metres to 750,000.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise has also offered a grant of about £11.5m towards the proposed expansion.
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey MP Drew Hendry has welcomed the announcement.
Norbord said the project would secure the future of 130 people employed at the factory. The site also supports about 300 indirect jobs in the area.
Two years ago, Highland Council approved plans to expand the site.
Waving goodbye to a piece of Americana, The Lumberjack
GREENSBORO, Vt. (AP) — In the snowy woods of northern New England and other forested parts of the country, the lumberjack is an endangered species.
As high-tech machinery replaces chain saws, which themselves replaced the ax, a generations-old way of life is disappearing, one that historically saw fathers pass on to their sons their love and knowledge of the woods and the independence that came from working for oneself.
Ken Davis feels this keenly as he reaches retirement age after a half-century career with no one to pass the torch to.
Davis once employed 19 people full-time to cut the wood, haul it and then truck it, sometimes to his log yard, other times directly to the now-disappearing mills across Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and upstate New York that would turn it into lumber or process it into paper. He now employs seven, and has no sons. His daughter and son-in-law tried it for a while, but they didn’t keep at it.
“I’ve got the sawdust in my veins, and they don’t make a dialysis machine to get it out, so I’m still here,” Davis said recently at his log yard in the town of Hardwick, in an especially rural region Vermonters call the Northeast Kingdom.
None of Davis’ employees are showing interest in taking over his business. It’s the same story across the region, said Michael Snyder, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation.
“It’s dangerous, it’s hard to make a living and everybody hates you,” Snyder said of logging. “Who’s signing up for that?”
The arguments for not becoming a logger are solid.
For one, there’s just not as much demand for paper and other wood products because of low commodity prices and international competition, making it less secure than it once was. It’s physically and — yes — intellectually demanding work that increasingly requires special skills to run hugely expensive, high-tech machinery. And because of that machinery, capital investments needed to get started can be prohibitive.
The renaissance that farming has undergone in recent years, with an emphasis on food systems and sustainable agriculture, hasn’t brought the same energy to logging. In many quarters, loggers are still seen as despoilers of the land. But Snyder noted that while forests can do just fine on their own, logging can support their health by weeding out infestations and invasive species.
Logging entails a number of jobs, including fallers, who cut down trees by hand — essentially, lumberjacks; operators of machinery used to fell trees; and graders and scalers, who check the amount and quality of the wood. The number of all logging workers is expected to fall only 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, from 53,700 to 51,700, according to Bureau of Labor projections.
Nationwide, the number of fallers is projected to decline 17 percent over the same period, from 8,200 in 2014 to 6,800 in 2024.
With the industry becoming more mechanized, the number of equipment operators is expected to stay about the same, with graders and scalers declining 2 percent and all other logging workers falling 7 percent.
“We need forest operations technicians; we don’t need loggers anymore,” said Dana Doran, executive director of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine.
“Today you are running a half-million, $600,000 machine, and not only do you need to operate it, you’ve got to read GPS and computer-based technology equipment, you’ve got to be able to service and maintain that equipment, you have to know forestry, environmental law, best management practices, tree identification,” Doran said.
Across the region, efforts are underway to bring along young loggers. The Vermont Technical College in Randolph helps train forest technicians. In Maine, the industry is backing a plan to train logging technicians in community colleges.
In the Northeast Kingdom, one of Davis’ workers, 31-year-old Aaron Martin, said he likes the freedom of working outside in different places. He has been logging for 10 years, but few of his friends have been drawn to the life, he said: “They don’t like being out in the cold.”
But as much as he likes his work, he has no interest in being the boss.
“With that comes its own headaches,” he said. “It’s nice to be able to work for somebody else and not deal with all the stress that comes with paying all the bills and everything that goes with it, finding the next job.
“I just go to work and do what I’m told. It’s a lot simpler that way.”
In 1956, Rudolpf Eschlböck , a young farmer from the Prambachkirchen municipality of Austria founded the Eschlböck company which was primary involved with the design and manufacturing of Agricultural Equipment.
In 1978 the first Biber Chipper was designed and built to supply wood chips for the auto feed heating burners which were becoming popular in the Austrian and Bavarian communities.
The family run company now manufacture a complete range of chippers from the Biber 2 (a hand fed, pto or motor driven chipper for branches and small trees up to 12cm diameter) to the Biber 92 (truck mounted, crane fed chipper capable of handling stems up to 75 cm diameter)
Around 230 guests and staff attended the celebrations where the two new Biber Power Trucks, the 625hp Turox and the 750hp Vican were on display in the new Biber showroom. After the presentations , speaches and the blessing of the new showroom we were taken outside for a live demo of the Turox with a Biber 92 chipper. Even the cold snowy Austrian weather couldn't detract from what an efficient piece of equipment this is, filling an Articulated trailer with high quality chips in a matter of minutes.
We then returned to the showroom where an excellent hot meal and refreshments were provided and a brass band created the atmosphere.
January 7th 2016
Scottish sawmill business BSW Timber overcame rising log prices and an “uncertain” market to increase its profits in its last financial year.
BSW, which is based at Earlston in the Borders, increased its pre-tax profits 80% to £9.2million for the year ended March 2015 – a period that saw the company swoop on three rivals.
Its £13.8million purchase of Southampton-based RF Giddings in summer 2014 took the number of UK sawmills owned by BSW to seven.
Among those seven are mills in Fort William and Boat of Garven, near Aviemore. It also has a mill in Latvia.
Its sales increased 14% to £210million, with turnover from its UK activities rising nearly £30million to £190million, according to accounts lodge with Companies House. Income from its EU activities dipped marginally to £12.2million.
The directors recommended the payment of a dividend of 4p per share for the year under review.
The highest paid director took home £339,000, compared to £236,000 the previous year.
The company, which employs about 1,000 people, said the current financial year would be more challenging due to fluctuations in currency and global timber demand.
Chairman Martin Gale CBE said yesterday that rising log prices were out of kilter with the saw timber market.
Mr Gale said: “The strength of the pound versus the euro and related currencies (particularly the Swedish crown) has made imported timber more competitive. Additionally, due to the reduced demand for Scandinavian and Baltic sawn timber in other markets, increased quantities are being exported to Britain.
“The saw log price remains unbalanced against the significant reduction in sawn softwood timber prices and consequently has put pressure on BSW margins. Management have this as a priority and are acting accordingly.
“Nevertheless, the company is well placed to continue to grow its market share across range of market sectors, with new products and market initiatives.”
In the face of these challenges, BSW has said it would keep invest in processing efficiency, new products, and research and development.
And it has continued to spend during the current financial year. In September 2015 it announced the purchase of Stirling-based Tilhill Forestry, which had revenues of £120million.
Timber forester Tilhill had been owned by Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer UPM.
If a recently-announced consortium of scientists and aviation companies is successful, you could one day be flying in jets powered by the remains of decay – otherwise known as biofuel from forest-industry waste. The project will be led by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and NORAM Engineering and Constructors, and includes aviation and related companies Boeing, Air Canada, WestJet, SkyNRG and Bombardier.
A feasibility study supported by Boeing and completed by UBC earlier this year determined that aviation biofuel made from forest-industry waste (such as branches and sawdust) via thermochemical processing could meet 10 percent – about 46 million gallons (175 million liters) – of British Columbia's annual jet fuel demand alone. The study also found that biofuel, if used in ground and marine vehicles, could save about 1 million tons of CO2 emissions per year.
The goal of the consortium will be to take the results of that study and of lab tests that have already produced small amounts of biofuel from forest-industry waste, and determine what it will take to produce larger amounts for use at major Canadian airports and in ground transportation. Getting to that point will also require additional testing, as well as flight tests and approval for commercial use before airlines could begin using it. No timeline was given as to when further tests or commercial use would be available.
The project will be funded for an undisclosed sum by the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN) of Canada as part of a portfolio of investments they have in technologies that reduce aviation's carbon emissions.
Boeing has a history of looking at biofuels as an alternative source to regular jet fuel. In 2012, the company flew a 787 Dreamliner across the Pacific Ocean powered by a mix of regular jet fuel and biofuel derived mainly from used cooking oil. That led to a partnership with the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) to produce the biofuel mix in a pilot plant in China.
It looks like it is going to be a long hard winter for all of us involved in the logging industry in the North of England/Scotland.
Many sawmills have now "shut their gates" and will not be taking any wood in until the new year. Stocks in the forest are already too high and this will probably result in quotas being applied or machines being parked up.
Chipwood/Fuelwood/Bio-mass markets are currently quite good but with Timber Trucks now hauling mainly small timber it will not be long before they fill up as well.
The very strong pound is also having a negative effect on our industry making imported timber from Scandinavia and Europe a much cheaper option.
The Economy in the UK is still doing well so lets hope we get a vast improvement in
our industry in the Spring.
Salo Machinery has the new Eschlböck Biber Power Truck "The Turox" which was revealed at the
Agrotechnica show in Germany last week.
It has a Tridem Chassis with a turning circle of 21m, and comes with a Biber 92 combi chipping rotor and a 2m² chipping screen surface. The power is supplied by a Mercedes Benz Euro 6 inline 6 cylinder engine giving 625hp@1600rpm and 3,000Nm of torque@1100rpm. It has a roadspeed of 90km/hr and has the tried and tested Eschlböck cooling system for the engine and intercooler.
John Deere launched the new G series range in Scotland. The 1270 and 1470G Harvesters and 1910G Forwarder. They have new engines which meet Final Tier 4/ Stage 1V emission requirements, give much better fuel economy and produce more power
The G Series features a new user friendly control system, control modules and wiring harness enhancing the machines performance and precision
Neuson Ecotec have added the 132 HVT+ mid range tracked, levelling harvester to their fleet.
It is a 14.4 tonne harvester with a width of 2.55m making it ideal for first and second thinnings especially in wet and steep conditions.
A parallel crane is standard with options of up to an 11m reach and a choice of harvesting heads are available.
Welte had their new generation W100 forestry machines on display at the Luzern forestry fair in Switzerland.
It is a small, light, compact and manoeuvrable machine designed to cause minimal environmental damage yet achieve cost effective extraction of timber.
A 4WD, frame steered unit with a Deutz Tier 4 136hp engine and a hydrostatic drive train. It has a great range of alternative equipment to suit your individual needs.
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