The Forestry Source - September 2017 - 1
September 2017* Vol. 22, No. 9
News for forest resource professionals published by the Society of American Foresters
Special Focus: Timber Harvesting
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2017 SAF Election
The Society of American Foresters will hold
its annual election in October, and this edition
of The Forestry Source provides information on
the candidates. Two members are running for
vice-president: John W. McNulty, president
and CEO, Seven Islands Land Company, Bangor, Maine; and Rachel R. Reyna, chief of rural
and community forestry, Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania. Their background information
and vision statements begin on page 12. See
page 14 for information and vision statements
from the candidates for seats on the SAF Board
of Directors-two members from each of four
districts (1, 4, 7, and 10). SAF members will
receive an e-mail in October with instructions
for voting online. Members who do not have a
valid e-mail address will receive a paper ballot.
oresters and loggers often work
hand in hand to manage forests,
and much of the work they do is
shaped by the capabilities of the machines that harvest the timber. This special edition of The Forestry Source offers
several articles that show how modern
machines and the technology inside them
are changing both forestry and logging.
The days of cable logging are far
from over, but a new technology is beginning to replace tower yarders: tethered
harvesters and forwarders-machines assisted by cables. Why? Tethered harvesting can be more efficient, easier on soils,
and safer for crews. One Oregon company has abandoned its tower yarders for
Ponsse feller-bunchers and forwarders
that work in tandem on slopes up 70-80
percent. Some loggers say they use tethered machines on slopes up to 100 percent. Don't believe it? Take a look at the
story on page 4.
The article on page 6, by Associate
Editor Andrea Watts, looks at how loggers across the nation have adapted to
an ever-changing changing industry, including a logger in Pennsylvania who is
The new cable logging: Instead of traditional tower yarders, Miller Timber Services, of Philomath, Oregon,
uses Ponsse harvesters and forwarders with winches that assist the machines as they work on slopes of up
to 80 percent. Here, the cable and strap are attached to a tall stump left as an anchor for tethering. Photo by
embracing cut-to-length harvesters. Another article describes one logging company's rise from its humble beginnings
in the 1990s, through its survival of the
housing market crash in the late 2000s,
to the present, and details the harvesting
machines the company has acquired over
the years. One of its most recent purchases: a ClimbMAX tethered harvester.
Rounding out this edition's cover-
Larry Blythe, Tribal Forester of the Year
The Cherokee Agency Forester Reflects on a Career Devoted
to Service and Forestry
By Andrea Watts
SAF National Awards
age of timber harvesting is an interview
with Kit Hasbargen, whose family-owned
company in Minnesota, Hasbargen Logging Inc., was recently named the 2017
National Outstanding Logger by the Forest Resources Association. Kit talks about
the machines Hasbargen has used since
his father, Alvin, started the company
in 1947. My, oh, my, how things have
Journal of Forestry
Beginning on page 17, you'll find information
about the recipients of 12 SAF national awards
for 2017. The recipients will be recognized at
the 2017 SAF National Convention, to be held
in Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 15-
19 (see www.safconvention.org).
You might think that your estimates of volume, basal area, and number of trees are "unbiased," which sounds good. But what does
"unbiased" really mean? Are we guaranteed
that our estimates of stand volume are correct?
Steve Fairweather's answers may surprise you.
Tooke Named USFS Chief
SAF member Tony Tooke was named the next
chief of the US Forest Service by US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in August.
Tooke will succeed Chief Tom Tidwell, who
announced his retirement on August 18 after
40 years with the agency. Page 26.
D E PA RT M E N T S
Continuing Education Calendar
At the 41st Annual National Indian Timber Symposium, held in Yakima, Washington, Cherokee Agency forester Larry Blythe received the Intertribal Timber Council's Earl R. Wilcox National Forester of the Year Award.
Photo: Intertribal Timber Council.
n July 2017, the Intertribal Timber
Council (ITC) awarded one of its
longtime board members, Larry Blythe, the Earl R. Wilcox National Forester
of the Year Award. The award is "given in
honor of Mr. Earle R. Wilcox, who will
always be remembered for his significant
achievements on behalf of Indian people
and their forests," according to the ITC
website. Blythe is the 22nd person to
receive the award, which was started in
BLYTHE n Page 20
he September edition of the Journal of Forestry is devoted to tribal
forest management. In their introduction, special-edition editors Michael J.
Dockry and Serra J. Hoagland write that
their aims are "to capture a broad range of
forest management practices occurring in
Indian Country and beyond; to increase
general recognition of the role that tribal
forests plays in the greater landscape; and
to engage broad audiences regarding the
value of tribal forests and how they can
serve as models for sustainability, integrated management, resilience, and restoration." For more information and online
access, see tinyurl.com/y88xtn29.